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T O T H E R E A D E R

The reason why a special chapter is assigned to the collapse of the theory ofevolution is that this theory constitutes the basis of all anti-spiritual

philosophies. Since Darwinism rejects the fact of creation, and therefore theexistence of Allah, during the last 140 years it has caused many people to

abandon their faith or fall into doubt. Therefore, showing that this theory is adeception is a very important duty, which is strongly related to the religion. It is

imperative that this important service be rendered to everyone. Some of ourreaders may find the chance to read only one of our books. Therefore, we think

it appropriate to spare a chapter for a summary of this subject.

In all the books by the author, faith-related issues are explained in the light ofQur'anic verses, and people are invited to learn Allah's words and to live by

them. All the subjects that concern Allah's verses are explained in such a way asto leave no room for doubt or question marks in the reader's mind. The sincere,plain and fluent style employed ensures that everyone of every age and fromevery social group can easily understand the books. This effective and lucidnarrative makes it possible to read them in a single sitting. Even those whorigorously reject spirituality are influenced by the facts recounted in these

books and cannot refute the truthfulness of their contents.

This book and all the other works by Harun Yahya can be read individually ordiscussed in a group. Those readers who are willing to profit from the bookswill find discussion very useful in that they will be able to relate their own

reflections and experiences to one another.

In addition, it is a great service to the religion to contribute to the presentationand circulation of these books, which are written solely for the good pleasure ofAllah. All the books of the author are extremely convincing, so, for those who

want to communicate the religion to other people, one of the most effectivemethods is to encourage them to read these books.

It is hoped that the reader will take time to look through the review of otherbooks on the final pages of the book, and appreciate the rich source of material

on faith-related issues, which are very useful and a pleasure to read.

In them, one will not find, as in some other books, the personal views of theauthor, explanations based on dubious sources, styles unobservant of the

respect and reverence due to sacred subjects, or hopeless, doubt-creating, andpessimistic accounts that create deviations in the heart.

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NEVERFORGET

HARUN YAHYA

Those who took their religion as a diversion and

a game, and were deluded by the life of the

world. Today We will forget them just as

they forgot the encounter of this

Day and denied Our Signs.

(Surat al-A'raf: 51)

November, 2002

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About The Author

The author, who writes under the pen-name HARUN YAHYA, was born in Ankara in 1956.Having completed his primary and secondary education in Ankara, he then studied arts atIstanbul's Mimar Sinan University and philosophy at Istanbul University. Since the 1980s, theauthor has published many books on political, faith-related and scientific issues. Harun Yahya iswell-known as an author who has written very important works disclosing the imposture ofevolutionists, the invalidity of their claims and the dark liaisons between Darwinism and bloodyideologies such as fascism and communism.

His pen-name is made up of the names "Harun" (Aaron) and "Yahya" (John), in memory ofthe two esteemed prophets who fought against lack of faith. The Prophet's seal on the cover of thebooks is symbolic and is linked to the their contents. It represents the Qur'an (the final scripture)and the Prophet Muhammad, the last of the prophets. Under the guidance of the Qur'an andsunnah, the author makes it his purpose to disprove each one of the fundamental tenets of godlessideologies and to have the "last word", so as to completely silence the objections raised againstreligion. The seal of the final Prophet, who attained ultimate wisdom and moral perfection, is usedas a sign of his intention of saying this last word.

All author's works center around one goal: to convey the Qur'an's message to people,encourage them to think about basic faith-related issues (such as the existence of Allah, His unity andthe Hereafter), and to expose the feeble foundations and perverted ideologies of godless systems.

Harun Yahya enjoys a wide readership in many countries, from India to America, England toIndonesia, Poland to Bosnia, and Spain to Brazil. Some of his books are available in English, French,German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Urdu, Arabic, Albanian, Russian, Serbo-Croat (Bosnian),Polish, Malay, Uygur Turkish, and Indonesian, and they are enjoyed by readers worldwide.

Greatly appreciated all around the world, these works have been instrumental in manypeople recovering their faith in Allah and in many others gaining a deeper insight into their faith.The wisdom, and the sincere and easy-to-understand style gives these books a distinct touch whichdirectly effects any one who reads or studies them. Immune to objections, these works arecharacterized by their features of rapid effectiveness, definite results and irrefutability. It is unlikelythat those who read these books and give serious thought to them can any longer sincerelyadvocate the materialistic philosophy, atheism or any other perverted ideology or philosophy. Evenif they continue to do so, it will be only a sentimental insistence since these books refuted suchideologies from their very foundations. All contemporary movements of denial are nowideologically defeated, thanks to the collection of books written by Harun Yahya.

There is no doubt that these features result from the wisdom and lucidity of the Qur'an. Theauthor modestly intends to serve as a means in humanity's search for Allah's right path. Nomaterial gain is sought in the publication of these works.

Considering these facts, those who encourage people to read these books, which open the"eyes" of the heart and guide them to become more devoted servants of Allah, render an invaluableservice.

Meanwhile, it would just be a waste of time and energy to propagate other books whichcreate confusion in peoples' minds, lead man into ideological chaos, and which, clearly have nostrong and precise effects in removing the doubts in peoples' hearts, as also verified from previousexperience. It is apparent that it is impossible for books devised to emphasize the author's literarypower rather than the noble goal of saving people from loss of faith, to have such a great effect.Those who doubt this can readily see that the sole aim of Harun Yahya's books is to overcomedisbelief and to disseminate the moral values of the Qur'an. The success and impact of this serviceare manifest in readers' conviction.

One point should be kept in mind: The main reason for the continuing cruelty, conflict, andall the ordeals the majority of people undergo is the ideological prevalence of disbelief. This statecan only be ended with the ideological defeat of disbelief and by conveying the wonders of creationand Qur'anic morality so that people can live by it. Considering the state of the world today, whichleads people into the downward spiral of violence, corruption and conflict, it is clear that thisservice has to be provided more speedily and effectively. Otherwise, it may be too late.

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It is no exaggeration to say that the collection of books by Harun Yahya have assumed thisleading role. By the will of Allah, these books will be a means through which people in the 21stcentury will attain the peace, justice and happiness promised in the Qur'an.

The works of the author include The New Masonic Order, Judaism and Freemasonry, GlobalFreemasonry, Kabbalah and Freemasonry, Knight Templars, Islam Denounces Terrorism, Terrorism:The Ritual of the Devil, The Disasters Darwinism Brought to Humanity, Communism in Ambush,Fascism: The Bloody Ideology of Darwinism, The 'Secret Hand' in Bosnia, Behind the Scenes of TheHolocaust, Behind the Scenes of Terrorism, Israel's Kurdish Card, The Oppression Policy of Commu-nist China and Eastern Turkestan,Palestine, Solution: The Values of the Qur'an, The Winter of Islamand Its Expected Spring, Articles 1-2-3, A Weapon of Satan: Romanticism, The Light of the Qur'anDestroyed Satanism, Signs from the Chapter of the Cave to the Last Times, Signs of the Last Day,The Last Times and The Beast of the Earth, Truths 1-2, The Western World Turns to God, The Evolu-tion Deceit, Precise Answers to Evolutionists, The Blunders of Evolutionists, Confessions of Evolu-tionists, The Misconception of the Evolution of the Species, The Qur'an Denies Darwinism, PerishedNations, For Men of Understanding, The Prophet Musa, The Prophet Yusuf, The Prophet Muhammad(saas), The Prophet Sulayman, The Golden Age, Allah's Artistry in Colour, Glory is Everywhere, TheImportance of the Evidences of Creation, The Truth of the Life of This World, The Nightmare of Dis-belief, Knowing the Truth, Eternity Has Already Begun, Timelessness and the Reality of Fate, Mat-ter: Another Name for Illusion, The Little Man in the Tower, Islam and the Philosophy of Karma, TheDark Magic of Darwinism, The Religion of Darwinism, The Collapse of the Theory of Evolution in20 Questions, Engineering in Nature, Technology Mimics Nature, The Impasse of Evolution I(Encyclopedic), The Impasse of Evolution II (Encyclopedic), Allah is Known Through Reason, TheQur'an Leads the Way to Science, The Real Origin of Life, Consciousness in the Cell, TechnologyImitates Nature, A String of Miracles, The Creation of the Universe, Miracles of the Qur'an, The De-sign in Nature, Self-Sacrifice and Intelligent Behaviour Models in Animals, The End of Darwinism,Deep Thinking, Never Plead Ignorance, The Green Miracle: Photosynthesis, The Miracle in the Cell,The Miracle in the Eye, The Miracle in the Spider, The Miracle in the Gnat, The Miracle in the Ant,The Miracle of the Immune System, The Miracle of Creation in Plants, The Miracle in the Atom, TheMiracle in the Honeybee, The Miracle of Seed, The Miracle of Hormone, The Miracle of the Termite,The Miracle of the Human Body, The Miracle of Man's Creation, The Miracle of Protein, The Mirac-le of Smell and Taste, The Miracle of Microworld, The Secrets of DNA.

The author's childrens books are: Wonders of Allah's Creation, The World of Animals, TheGlory in the Heavens, Wonderful Creatures, Let's Learn Our Islam, The Miracles in Our Bodies, TheWorld of Our Little Friends: The Ants, Honeybees That Build Perfect Combs, Skillful Dam Builders:Beavers.

The author's other works on Quranic topics include: The Basic Concepts in the Qur'an, TheMoral Values of the Qur'an, Quick Grasp of Faith 1-2-3, Ever Thought About the Truth?, Crude Un-derstanding of Disbelief, Devoted to Allah, Abandoning the Society of Ignorance, The Real Home ofBelievers: Paradise, Knowledge of the Qur'an, Qur'an Index, Emigrating for the Cause of Allah, TheCharacter of the Hypocrite in the Qur'an, The Secrets of the Hypocrite, The Names of Allah, Commu-nicating the Message and Disputing in the Qur'an, Answers from the Qur'an, Death Resurrection Hell,The Struggle of the Messengers, The Avowed Enemy of Man: Satan, The Greatest Slander: Idolatry,The Religion of the Ignorant, The Arrogance of Satan, Prayer in the Qur'an, The Theory of Evolution,The Importance of Conscience in the Qur'an, The Day of Resurrection, Never Forget, Disregarded Jud-gements of the Qur'an, Human Characters in the Society of Ignorance, The Importance of Patience inthe Qur'an, General Information from the Qur'an, The Mature Faith, Before You Regret, Our Messen-gers Say, The Mercy of Believers, The Fear of Allah, Jesus Will Return, Beauties Presented by theQur'an for Life, A Bouquet of the Beauties of Allah 1-2-3-4, The Iniquity Called "Mockery," TheMystery of the Test, The True Wisdom According to the Qur'an, The Struggle Against the Religion ofIrreligion, The School of Yusuf, The Alliance of the Good, Slanders Spread Against Muslims Throug-hout History, The Importance of Following the Good Word, Why Do You Deceive Yourself?, Islam: TheReligion of Ease, Zeal and Enthusiasm Described in the Qur'an, Seeing Good in All, How do the Un-wise Interpret the Qur'an?, Some Secrets of the Qur'an, The Courage of Believers, Being Hopeful in theQur'an, Justice and Tolerance in the Qur'an, Basic Tenets of Islam, Those Who do not Listen to theQur'an, Taking the Qur'an as a Guide, A Lurking Threat: Heedlessness, Sincerity in the Qur'an, TheReligion of Worshipping People, The Methods of the Liar in the Qur'an.

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First published in Turkish in May 1998Millat Book Centre 2002

Distributed byMillat Centre

All translations from the Qur'an are from "The Noble Qur'an: a New Rendering of its Meaning in English"

by Hajj Abdalhaqq and Aisha Bewley, published by Bookwork, Norwich, UK. 1420 CE/1999 AH.

Website: http: // www.harunyahya.com

By Harun YahyaEdited By: David Livingstone

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INTRODUCTION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8

NEVER FORGET THAT THE ONLY GOD IS ALLAH . . . . . . . . . . .13

NEVER FORGET THAT THE ONLY GUIDE IS THE QUR'AN . . . . .33

NEVER FORGET THAT EVERY MOMENT YOU

EXPERIENCE IS PART OF YOUR DESTINY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .39

NEVER FORGET ABOUT THE EXISTENCE

OF SATAN WHICH STRIVES TO LEAD YOU ASTRAY . . . . . . . . .44

NEVER FORGET THAT THE WORLD IS A

TEMPORARY PLACE AND A TEST . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .56

NEVER FORGET THAT DEATH MAY COME

UPON YOU AT AN MOMENT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .62

NEVER FORGET THAT THE DAY OF RESURRECTION

AND THE DAY OF RECKONING WILL SURELY HAPPEN . . . . . . .67

NEVER FORGET THAT THE ABODE OF DISBELIEVERS IS

HELL, THE PLACE OF ETERNAL PUNISHMENT . . . . . . . . . . . . .76

NEVER FORGET THAT ONLY THE TRUE BELIEVERS

WILL ENTER PARADISE, THE PLACE OF REWARDS . . . . . . . . . .83

NEVER FORGET TO PRAY TO ALLAH . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .89

NEVER FORGET TO BE SINCERE AND HONEST WITH ALLAH . . .98

NEVER FORGET TO REPENT AND ASK FOR

FORGIVENESS FOR YOUR WRONGDOINGS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .103

REMINDER BENEFITS ONLY THOSE WHO FEAR ALLAH . . . . . .106

NEVER FORGET THAT ALLAH CREATED ALL LIVING THINGS . . .116

THE EVOLUTION MISCONCEPTION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .118

NEVER FORGET . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .143

CONTENTS

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NEVER FORGET!

Just consider of how many times a day you have to forceyourself to remember something. Already by the time youget out of bed, there are many issues with which you have tokeep your mind occupied. You might have taken notes orplaced a reminder somewhere so as not to forget about anyof them. At times, even the thought of forgetting isworrisome…

What if, though, you had actually forgotten aboutsomething greatly more important than anything else in yourdaily life?

Our purpose in writing this book is to remind you ofthose issues in your life that are most important. Never forgetthat, forgetting those things of which you will be reminded inthis book will cost you immeasurably more than forgettingwhat you attempt to remember throughout the day, nomatter how valuable that issue may seem.

The purpose of this book is to remind you of the reason of

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your existence in this world. We feel the need to remind ofthis because man is forgetful. Engrossed in everydayroutines, unless he wills otherwise, he may easily becomedistracted from the real issues to which he actually needs topay attention. He may easily forget that Allah encompasseshim all around, that He watches him at every moment, thatHe listens to him, and that he will one day have to give anaccount of his actions to Allah. He may well forget about thecertainty of death, the grave, Paradise and Hell, that nothinghappens other than that which is Allah's Will, and that thereis ultimately a reason for everything.

Man is prone to forgetfulness. In forgetfulness, he maynot remember the purpose of his life, and thus, temporarilyfail to conduct himself correctly and commit a mistake. Forsincere people, such forgetfulness does not last more than asecond; by the time they recognize their failings, theyimmediately repent, turn towards Allah, and continueobserving the limits set by Him. Believers pray to Allah in thefollowing way:

...Our Lord, do not take us to task if we forget ormake a mistake!... (Surat al-Baqara: 286)

The kind of forgetfulness meant here, though, is actuallynot the ordinary forgetfulness we are likely to experience inour daily lives. Man is, by nature, forgetful and is inclined tomake mistakes. However, the sort of forgetfulness treated inthis book is the kind that contributes to spiritual numbness,inattention and ignorance, even though one's mentalfaculties allow him to continue with the regular course of hisday.

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So, what is it that a person disregards and thereforeforgets?

No doubt, the most crucial matter a person is inclined toforget is the existence of his Creator, and his accountability toHim… the reality of an eternal life to be spent either inParadise or in Hell… The existence of Hellfire and the eternalblessings of Paradise are as real as you reading this page.However, despite their knowledge of these truths, those whohave allowed themselves to become forgetful have becomeunconcerned, and falsely assume that deliberately forgettingthese matters will help them avoid the truth.

But, can man really avoid his responsibilities byforgetting about them? Certainly not. Man is responsible toAllah, his Creator; he will taste death sooner or later, and willthen be called to account in His presence, all alone. As aconsequence to this account, he will either spend the rest ofeternity either in Paradise or in Hell. As the Qur'an reads,"We did not create heaven and earth and everything inbetween them as a game" (Surat al-Anbiya': 16); no being,including man, is created without a purpose. Man is not leftto his own devices, but is created to "worship Allah." (Suratadh-Dhariyat: 56) However, if he becomes carried away bydaily routines and fails to exercise his wisdom, then he maywell come to forget this truth. Only those who reflect moredeeply on the events and beings that surround them canarrive to this important conclusion.

Reflection upon one's own creation alone would make aperson realize Allah's favours on him. It will eventually makehim conscious of the necessity of making serious effort toshow devotion to his Creator. Initially, he was nothing; then,

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he began life as a single cell invisible to the naked eye. Thiscell divided billions of times, and gradually grew into a manwith all his organs intact. More importantly, this beingacquired life, a soul, though he had been nothing. A drop ofsperm developed into a lump, and then into a being, able toenjoy the faculties of thinking and speaking. It is His LordWho created him from nothing. However, some people cometo forget their creation, making paltry excuses, and dare todeny Him.

He makes likenesses of Us and forgets his owncreation, saying, "Who will give life to bones whenthey are decayed?" Say "He Who made them in thefirst place will bring them back to life. He has totalknowledge of each created thing." (Surah Ya Sin: 78-79)

If you too fear of being ungrateful, then you have to stopbeing distracted by every-day thoughts. Because, a personkeeps himself occupied with the thought of his Lord only ifhe does so deliberately. Similarly, he becomes cognizant ofhis responsibility to Him, if he remembers that this world isa temporary place, and that he will have to give an accountof everything he has done in this world.

Essentially, none of the issues discussed in this book areof a kind for which you would merely say, "I'd better notforget." No, you must not forget any single one of them. Onlyby remembering them can you worship Allah and earn Hisgood pleasure. Most importantly, do not forget that it is theonly way to salvation, both in this world and beyond.

Allah shows you two ways with which He tests you; youare free to make a choice, but remember that one of these

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ways leads to eternal punishment, while the other leads toeternal bliss...

And shown him the two highways? But he has notbraved the steep ascent. What will convey to youwhat the steep ascent is? It is freeing a slave orfeeding on a day of hunger an orphaned relative ora poor man in the dust; then to be one of those whobelieve and urge each other to steadfastness andurge each other to compassion. Those are theCompanions of the Right. Those who reject Oursigns, they are the Companions of the Left. Abovethem is a sealed vault of Fire. (Surat al-Balad: 10-20)

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NEVER FORGET THAT THEONLY GOD IS ALLAH

...They have forgotten Allah, so He has forgottenthem... (Surat at-Tawba: 67)

T he following is just common sense: If we see a castlemade of sand along the seashore, we are certain thatsomeone has made it. Only a foolish person would

claim that it was coincidentally formed by the effect of wavesand winds. Everything existing in the universe has evidentdesign. Moreover, this design apparent in every detail ofcreated things is incomparably more perfect, superior andcomplex than that of a sandcastle. Therefore, we areconfronted with a crystal clear fact: The universe is createdby a superior Creator. That Creator is Allah, the Lord of allthe worlds.

The existence of flawless order in the universe is anundeniable fact. The world on which we live was created tobe habitable. The ratio of the gravitational force, the distancebetween the earth and the sun, the proportion of oxygen inthe atmosphere, and hundreds of other delicate equilibria,

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have not occurred spontaneously or by chance. They are,without a doubt, the creation of Allah, Who holds controlover everything, from the miniscule microorganisms, to theimmense planets of the solar system. It is Allah Who createdthe universe with infinite wisdom and might, andspecifically designed the world as an inhabitable place for us:

He makes night merge into day and day merge intonight, and He has made the sun and moonsubservient, each one running until a specified time.That is Allah, your Lord. The Kingdom is His. Thoseyou call on besides Him have no power over eventhe smallest speck. (Surah Fatir: 13)

Turning our attention now from outer space, let'sconsider our body. The human body is a structure aboundingwith amazing wonders. The perfect functioning of thehuman brain is beyond comparison to the computer, themost advanced product of modern technology. Furthermore,each organ fulfills its specific task perfectly, and works incomplete harmony with other organs. For example, in orderto take a single breath, one's mouth, nose, trachea, lungs,heart and all blood vessels, must function simultaneously.None of these ceases for a single instant or becomesexhausted. They are all obedient and submissive to theirCreator, and dutifully comply with what is ordained forthem. Air, purified and warmed as it passes through the nose,is then carried to the lungs through the trachea. This oxygenwill be used by our hearts and blood vessels, by every singlecell in our bodies. The organs involved in this processskilfully carry out many processes without confusion, erroror delay in any way. Should there be any flaw in this

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harmony, there would be neither respiration, nor life. The same also holds true for the process of sight. The eye

is one of the clearest signs of creation. Both human andanimal eyes are remarkable examples of perfect design. Thisawesome organ provides quality vision, still unmatched bytwenty-first century technology. But, never forget that an eyeonly functions with all its components intact. For instance, ifall components of the eye, such as the cornea, conjunctiva,iris, pupil, lens, retina, choroids, muscles and the lachrymalglands were intact, but missing only a single eyelid, the eyewould become damaged and unable to see. By the sametoken, merely the failure of tear production would cause thedrying of the eye, and, ultimately, blindness. This fact raisesa vital question: Who created the eye and its ability toperceive from nothing?

Certainly, it is not the possessor of the eye himself whodecides to create his own eye. Because, it is indeed illogical toassume that a being, unaware of even the concept of "sight,"could decide upon its necessity and for the creation of an eyein its own body. This being the case, the reality is that there isa Being with superior wisdom, Who created living beingswith the faculties of sight, hearing and so on. Some peoplewho cannot measure Allah with His true measure claim thatunconscious cells acquired sight and hearing, faculties thatdemand consciousness, by their own will and skill. However,it is clearly evident that it cannot possibly be so. The Qur'anreveals by whom sight is given as follows:

Say: "It is He Who brought you into being and gaveyou hearing, sight and hearts. What little thanks youshow!" (Surat al-Mulk: 23)

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As is seen in the verse above, it is Allah Who creates all ofthese systems that function in perfect harmony with oneanother. Countless details within our bodies and in otherorganisms show forth the might and grandeur of Allah, andreveal to us the truth that He encompasses everything withHis knowledge. Nevertheless, rather than reflecting upon itsome people find it easier to turn their back to this reality.However, Allah encourages man to look around and reflecton His greatness:

It is Allah Who created the seven heavens and of theearth the same number, the Command descendingdown through all of them, so that you might knowthat Allah has power over all things and that Allahencompasses all things in His knowledge. (Surat at-Talaq: 12)

Never forget how near Allah is to you and that Heencompasses everything. Whatever may be crossing yourmind at this very moment, something you experienced inyour childhood as well as your plans for the next two yearsare all kept in Allah's knowledge. His sovereignty over allbeings persists unceasingly, night and day. Allah informs usabout this truth in the Qur'an as follows:

We created man and We know what his own selfwhispers to him. We are nearer to him than hisjugular vein. (Surah Qaf: 16)

Allah knows the hidden parts of all things, includingsecrets and thoughts otherwise unknown to human beings.Allah, Who encompasses humanity from all around, is withus no matter where we are or what we are doing:

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You do not engage in any matter or recite any of theQur'an or do any action without Our witnessing youwhile you are occupied with it. Not even the smallestspeck eludes your Lord, either on earth or in heaven.Nor is there anything smaller than that, or larger,which is not in a Clear Book. (Surah Yunus: 61)

Despite this fact, some people assume Allah to be far off.According to their flawed rationale, Allah resides beyond aremote planet, occasionally intervening in the "worldlyaffairs," or never intervening at all. They think that Hecreated the universe and then left it uncontrolled (SurelyAllah is beyond that) However, this is an obvious error. Allahis everywhere and His presence encompasses everything. Hesurrounds every place, from the east to the west, and fromthe north to the south.

What is in the heavens and in the earth belongs toAllah. Allah encompasses all things. (Surat an-Nisa':126)

Wherever you go, Allah is there, even if it is the remotestcorner of the earth. He surrounds you even at this verymoment; He is nearer to you than your jugular vein. He rulesyour body, your room, and the city you live in, the wholeuniverse, and all the worlds you are unable to see;furthermore, He has the knowledge of their past and future.Some people, who ignore these absolute facts, can manage tohide their thoughts and many offences they commit fromother people. But, they forget the fact that they cannot hidethem from Allah. In reality, Allah is with them even whilethey are plotting.

He knows what is in front of them and behind them.

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But their knowledge does not encompass Him.(Surah Ta Ha : 110)

You can never know what you will experience in a givenmoment, but Allah does. Hence, you are already submissiveand yielding to Allah, whether or not you are aware of it.

Whether you divulge what is in yourself or keep ithidden, Allah knows it. Not a single word you whisper iskept hidden from Him. There are no secrets for Allah; Heknows your secrets and anything you think you keep hidden.

Never forget that everything on the face of the earth is inneed of Allah, whereas He is exalted above anything and farfrom any deficiency. Allah is not in need of anything. He isfar above human failings such as sleep, hunger, thirst andfatigue. Everyone will certainly die, but Allah, the Living,will remain alive for all eternity:

Allah, there is no god but Him, the Living, the Self-Sustaining. He is not subject to drowsiness or sleep.Everything in the heavens and the earth belongs toHim. Who can intercede with Him except by Hispermission? He knows what is before them andwhat is behind them but they cannot grasp any ofHis knowledge save what He wills. His Footstoolencompasses the heavens and the earth and theirpreservation does not tire Him. He is the Most High,the Magnificent. (Surat al-Baqara: 255)

Never forget that Allah has everything under Hiscontrol. As is stated in the Qur'an, "No leaf falls without Hisknowing it" (Surat al-An'am: 59) Everything happens by theWill of Allah and only under His command. Similarly, He

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directs every affair from heaven to earth. Many people areprone to confine this concept of "every affair" merely tonatural phenomena and events such as birth and death.However, any incident happens because Allah commands so.Similarly, any work is accomplished and any systemfunctions because Allah wills so. Technological discoveries,administration of any state in the world, the regulation oftheir social and economic affairs, advancements in the arts,any business company, its annual performance, each babythat opens his eyes to the world, every moment a personspends throughout his life, are all held under Allah's control.No decision, whether important or insignificant, can be takenwithout Allah's permission. No action is taken without HisWill. By the same token, the functioning of trillions of cells inour bodies, the respective function each organelle performswithin these cells, systems that keep these cells alive, andcountless other details, are under His control. In addition, theearth rotates unceasingly in boundless space, and all thesystems from respiration to reproduction, make the life of asingle ant on this planet possible, because our Lord has themunder His control. This fact is related in the Qur'an asfollows:

I have put my trust in Allah, my Lord and your Lord.There is no creature He does not hold by the forelock.My Lord is on a Straight Path. (Surah Hud: 56)

Everyone is subject to Allah. Allah, the All-Knowing,encompasses everything in His knowledge. It is He Whogives knowledge to people, from the little child to a scientist.He is knowledgeable of the unseen as well as the visible. Hedetermines the number of everything in the heavens and

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earth, including stars, trees, animals, people, and the amountof rain that falls on earth:

There is no one in the heavens and earth who willnot come to the All-Merciful as a servant. He hascounted them and numbered them precisely. (SurahMaryam: 93-94)

Every event taking place in any corner of the universe isunder Allah's control. He knows every aspect of events,whether they are secret or open. He also has knowledge, notonly of us, but of everything in the heavens, in the earth andall that is in between. Allah is the Owner of all the worlds.This being the case, never forget that nothing, not evensomething of minor importance, is hidden from Him, andthat all thoughts and all acts, including your own, areunder His control. That is because Allah knows what oneexperiences all through his life, of which He is keeping anaccount, in their detail. Allah never forgets anything.

Never forget that it is Allah Who has given youeverything. Take a look around you; everything you see ismeticulously prepared to meet your needs and given to yourservice. Now look at the sky and try to recognize everythingyou see around. This is the way to have a better grasp that itis Allah Who gives us many favours we see or fail to see, andit is Allah to Whom we must feel grateful. It is Allah Whocreates the human body, which still remains a mystery,despite the greatest technological achievements, andmaintains the functioning of all its organs in perfectharmony. It is also Allah Who creates livestock and placesthem at the service of mankind; Who raises them for meat,

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dairy products, wool, skins, and makes them suitable forpurposes of riding and carrying loads; Who sends downwater from the sky and brings forth fruits and crops withdifferent tastes from the very same soil; Who puts hundredbillions of galaxies in motion in a perplexing order; Whomakes the daytime suitable for activity and the night for rest;Who makes the sun orbit so as to meet the requirements of allliving things; Who creates the sea in the most proper form sothat human beings can obtain food from it and travel on it. Ina verse, Allah reveals:

He created man from a drop of sperm and yet he isan open challenger! And He created livestock. Thereis warmth for you in them, and various uses andsome you eat. And there is beauty in them for you inthe evening when you bring them home and in themorning when you drive them out to graze. Theycarry your loads to lands you would never reachexcept with great difficulty. Your Lord is All-Gentle,Most Merciful. And horses, mules and donkeys bothto ride and for adornment. And He creates otherthings you do not know. The Way should lead toAllah, but there are those who deviate from it. If Hehad wished He could have guided every one of you.It is He Who sends down water from the sky. Fromit you drink and from it come the shrubs amongwhich you graze your herds. And by it He makescrops grow for you and olives and dates and grapesand fruit of every kind. There is certainly a Sign inthat for people who reflect. He has made night andday subservient to you, and the sun and moon andstars, all subject to His command. There are

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certainly Signs in that for people who use theirintellect. And also the things of varying colors Hehas created for you in the earth. There is certainly aSign in that for people who pay heed. It is He Whomade the sea subservient to you so that you can eatfresh flesh from it and bring out from it ornamentsto wear. And you see the ships cleaving through it sothat you can seek His bounty, and so that hopefullyyou will show thanks. He cast firmly embeddedmountains on the earth so it would not move underyou, and rivers and pathways so that hopefully youwould be guided, and landmarks. And they areguided by the stars. Is He Who creates like him whodoes not create? So will you not pay heed? If youtried to number Allah's blessings, you could nevercount them. Allah is Ever-Forgiving, Most Merciful.(Surat an-Nahl: 4-18)

Each one of the blessings that one could hardly number inthe course of his lifetime have come into existence by the Willof our Lord, Who regulates everything. Allah reminds us ofthis reality with a very striking example:

If all the trees on earth were pens and all the sea,with seven more seas besides, was ink Allah's wordsstill would not run dry. Allah is Almighty, All-Wise.(Surah Luqman: 27)

Never forget that it is Allah Who has given you all thepossessions and goods you possess, and that He is the trueOwner of them. That is because the sovereignty of theheavens and the earth and everything in between belongs to

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Allah. He allots what He wills to whomever He wills. WhenHe puts an end to their lives, He is again the only inheritor.The sole truth is, the real owner of all houses, cars, goods andproperties is Allah.

The kingdom of the heavens and the earth andeverything in them belongs to Allah. He has powerover all things. (Surat al-Ma'ida: 120)

Once death comes upon you, you will leave behindeverything you possess. Your fortune, status, personalbelongings, in brief, nothing you cherished in this world, willbe any longer with you. Your naked body, wrapped in asimple cloth, will be placed in a pit. Meanwhile, your soulwill turn to Allah, alone. Neither your social status, yourname nor your wealth will be of any help to you. These weremerely to test you. You are not their real owner; you haveeverything because Allah gives them to you. If Allah takesthem back for some reason, you will never be able to retrievethem.

Never forget that nothing happens to you except forwhat Allah has decreed for you. Allah holds the knowledgeof every thing that happens. That is, everything ispredetermined by Allah. All that happens is in accordancewith one's destiny. A person waking up to a new day in themorning can never know what awaits him during the rest ofthat day. Even though he may carefully plan his day, it willnever turn out as he had planned. Furthermore, he may wellbe confronted with events that were totally unexpected.Surrounded by such uncertainty, a person can only berelieved through the acknowledgement that every event he

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encounters is ordained by Allah especially for him, bytrusting in Him, and being submissive to fate. Allah holds theknowledge of the events you had not planned and they allhappen under his control. By the same token, however, theones you had planned are also under His control…

Indeed, no place or moment in the universe isindependent of Allah. Nothing can remain out of Hissovereignty.

Say: "Nothing can happen to us except what Allahhas ordained for us. He is Our Master. It is in Allahthat the believers should put their trust." (Surat at-Tawba: 51)

Never forget that whatever happens to you does so byAllah's Will and is surely ordained for a purpose. Rememberthat man has no recourse other than taking refuge in Him;and that he has no protector or helper other than Allah:

Do you not know that Allah is He to Whom thekingdom of the heavens and the earth belongs andthat, besides Allah, you have no protector and nohelper? (Surat al-Baqara: 107)

It is Allah Who helps us to handle any problem in thecourse of a day or when we want to accomplish a task.Besides being the One to make that task easier for us, it isagain Allah Who creates that task and enables us toaccomplish it. On the other hand, a person who forgets thegrandeur of Allah considers his colleagues, his family or histeacher, as those who could help him...

Surely, these people may be able to provide someassistance through their knowledge and experience. But wemust keep in mind that each of them are only the means.

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That is because, Allah has created a system of cause andeffect in this world. For example, in order to cultivate apples,a farmer must first plant the seed, water it and fertilize thesoil. These are the causes by which Allah causes a result.Only after fulfilling all these pre-conditions can the farmerexpect to reap a plentiful harvest. While carrying out a task,we must always be aware that we can achieve a desirableresult only by Allah's Will, and that we must show sinceregratitude for what He ordains.

Never forget that it is only Allah Who protects you fromdanger, disease, distress and difficulty. Otherwise, it couldonly be a matter of an instant in which a disaster could strikeyou. You may well be thinking that it is your doctor and thedrugs you take that heal you. Of course, these are the causesby which Allah healed you. There is no reason why youshould not take advantage of these causes, but in the meantime, you must keep in mind that it is ultimately Allah Whorestores you to health. Unless Allah wills, neither the mostproficient physician, the most expensive drugs, nor the besthospital can be of help to you. Never forget that Allah maybring illness upon whomever He wills without a cause, justas He restores whomever He wills to health without one. Inthe words of the prophet Ibrahim, this is related as follows inthe Qur'an:

…and when I am ill, it is He Who heals me. (Suratash-Shu'ara': 80)

Forgetting that Allah holds all the power, and thereby,seeking help from one who is unable to be of any use eitherto himself or to anyone else, results only in failure, both in

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this world and beyond:

Those you call on besides Him are not capable ofhelping you. They cannot even help themselves.(Surat al-A'raf: 197)

Never forget that you must fear only Allah and seek Hisgood pleasure. No one who you may esteem or considerimportant or powerful actually possesses any real power.This being the case, fearing or loving someone with the fear,esteem and love due to Allah is a form of idolatry, a trulygreat transgression:

Some people set up equals to Allah, loving them asthey should love Allah. But those who believe havegreater love for Allah. If only you could see thosewho do wrong at the time when they see thepunishment, and that truly all strength belongs toAllah, and that Allah is severe in punishment. (Suratal-Baqara: 165)

The Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, alsowarned people against this form of idolatry:

Whoever meets Allah, without associating partners with Him,will enter Paradise; and whoever meets Him as one whoassociated anything with Him, will enter the Fire. (Muslim)

This is such an important notion to understand. If a personbases his entire life by it, he will acknowledge the fact thatthere is no being to fear, to submit to or to be in need of, apartfrom Allah. By doing so, that person attains freedom in its realsense, and achieves invincibility, being protected by HisCreator, the Almighty. Such a person hopes to earn the goodpleasure of Allah, Who meets all the needs of all beings, sends

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down security upon His servants, helps the oppressed and theneedy, recompenses in full for what anyone has earned:

Who is better: someone who founds his building onheeding and pleasing Allah, or someone whofounds his building on the brink of a crumblingprecipice so that it collapses with him into the Fireof Hell? Allah does not love wrongdoers. (Surat at-Tawba: 109)

One of the greatest errors most people commit is this:they base their entire lives on the pursuit of other people'sconsent. However, every moment spent and every deed doneto earn other peoples' consent, forgetting one's Creator, willeventually only lead to torment. For people ofunderstanding, Allah has given the following example in theQur'an:

Allah has made a metaphor for them of a manowned by several partners in dispute with oneanother and another man wholly owned by a singleman. Are they the same?... (Surat az-Zumar: 29)

Allah grants to those servants of His who live by Hiscommands a good life both in this world and beyond.However, those who are far from those practices that wouldplease Him, who seek help from others who are Allah'sservants just as weak as themselves, can only ultimatelysuffer. Of this account, one verse reads:

Allah does not wrong people in any way; rather it ispeople who wrong themselves. (Surah Yunus: 44)

Furthermore, those who worship others beside Allah willbe abandoned, and find themselves in disgrace anddestitution:

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Do not set up any other god together with Allah lestyou sit back, reviled and forsaken. (Surat al-Isra': 22)

Those who are reckless and forgetful of Allah's existencein this world lead a life of difficulty. Their hearts can neverfind peace or happiness in this life. In fact, this suffering ismerely the recompense for their ascribing the existence ofperfect systems in this world to accident. In return for theiringratitude, a searing blaze awaits them in the hereafter.

Never forget that the "fear of Allah" is the basic tenet ofIslam. Allah grants only those who fear Him the discernmentto judge between right and wrong. This discernment is trulya great blessing to be conferred upon man:

You who believe! If you have fear of Allah, He willgive you a criterion (by which to judge betweenright and wrong) and erase your bad actions fromyou and forgive you. Allah's favour is indeedimmense. (Surat al-Anfal: 29)

The Qur'an also makes mention of people who do notappreciate Allah with the appreciation due Him, and who donot fear Him despite knowing of His existence:

Say: "Who provides for you out of heaven and earth?Who controls hearing and sight? Who brings forththe living from the dead and the dead from theliving? Who directs the whole affair?" They will say,"Allah." Say, "So will you not have fear of Allah?"That is Allah, your Lord, the Truth, and what is thereafter truth except misguidance? So how have youbeen distracted? (Surah Yunus: 31-32)

The person described in the above verse is aware of

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Allah's existence and even affirms it. But, he feels no fear forHim. True believers, however, hold their Lord in deep awe.Having fear for the Day of Judgment, they are sensitive toHis commands.

Consequently, whether or not a person keeps all Allah'slaws in his mind, and becomes a servant of Him, or neglectsthem, it does not change the ultimate reality that he isrushing towards that day when he will return to his Lord:

O Man! You are toiling laboriously towards yourLord but meet Him you will! (Surat al-Inshiqaq: 6)

This being the case, never forget that there is no powerother than of the Almighty Allah, the holder of absolutepower. Those who are unaware of this fact worship othersbeside Allah and, moreover, fear them as they should fearAllah. However, no man or society possesses power otherthan of Allah's. Everything is subject to Him. Everything inthe heavens and the earth fall under the Will of Allah, and areall, willingly or not, under His control. From a single cell, tothe billions of galaxies, from people to animals, frommountains to the winds, all beings are subject to Him.Therefore, never forget to give thanks to Allah, as it has beenadvised in the following verse:

…so that you might sit firmly on their backs andremember your Lord's blessing while you are seatedon them, saying, "Glory be to Him Who hassubjected this to us. We could never have done it byourselves." (Surat az-Zukhruf: 13)

Unless by Allah's Will, no one can take an action or uttera single word. This is why each every word you hear or every

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event you witness is from Allah, the One Who is yourProtector and your only true friend… If you are a person offaith, then you know that an absolute good and beauty ishidden even behind those things that would otherwise seemevil to you. Allah knows it even though you may not knowit. No matter what you encounter in life, never forget toconduct yourself with the knowledge of this fact in mind.

Never forget that Allah is Ever-Forgiving, and that therealways remains the opportunity to repent. No matter whaterror you commit, if you turn towards Allah with sincereregret and a firm intention not to repeat it, you will alwaysfind Allah Ever-Forgiving and Most Merciful. Allah statesthat He forgives all errors and sins provided that Hisservants abandon them once and for all:

Say: "My servants, you who have transgressedagainst yourselves, do not despair of the mercy ofAllah. Truly Allah forgives all wrong actions. He isthe Ever-Forgiving, the Most Merciful." (Surat az-Zumar: 53)

In this world, there is always the chance to repent and thehope of being forgiven for one's mistakes and sins. In Allah'sreligion, one does not have to bear the burden of his pastmisdeeds. Asking for Allah's forgiveness, and turningtowards Him sincerely, will relieve him of this load. At thatmoment, he will only be responsible of his deeds andthoughts from then on. Meanwhile, never forget that Allahaccepts only a sincere repentance and not the repentance aperson asks when death comes upon him.

Even the Pharaoh, whose fierceness and arrogance is

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related in the Qur'an, decided to believe when he realized hewas about to drown. Allah reveals the following aboutrepentance at the moment of death:

Allah only accepts the repentance of those who doevil in ignorance and then quickly repent afterdoing it. Allah turns towards such people. Allah isAll-Knowing, All-Wise. There is no repentance forpeople who persist in doing evil until death comesto them and who then say, "Now I repent," nor forpeople who die as disbelievers. We have prepared forthem a painful punishment. (Surat an-Nisa': 17-18)

Never forget that Allah is infinitely patient. He grantsrespite to some even after they have committed a mistake.Nevertheless, if a wrongdoer is not punished immediately heshould not let it deceive him. That is because following hismisdeeds, Allah grants His servant a certain amount ofchance. If that person realizes his mistakes and asks forforgiveness, he finds Allah Ever-Forgiving. If, on the otherhand, he persists on his mistake and rebels, he will certainlytaste the evil consequences of his deeds:

If Allah were to punish people for their wrongactions, not a single creature would be left upon theearth, but He defers them till a predetermined time.When their specified time arrives, they cannot delayit for a single hour nor can they bring it forward.(Surat an-Nahl: 61)

Never forget that you cannot be other than a servant toAllah; because Allah created man to worship Him:

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I only created jinn and man to worship Me. (Suratadh-Dhariyat: 56)

Being submissive to our Lord, Who gives us everythingwe have, Who created us and granted us a life span, to whichHe will put an end whenever He wills, is like taking hold ofthe firmest grip, one can never come loose:

Those who submit themselves completely to Allahand do good have grasped the Firmest Handhold.The end result of all affairs is with Allah. (SurahLuqman: 22)

So, never forget about "ALLAH, OUR LORD"...

That is Allah, your Lord. There is no god but Him, theCreator of everything. So worship Him. He isresponsible for everything. Eyesight cannot perceiveHim but He perceives eyesight. He is the All-Penetrating, the All-Aware. (Surat al-An'am: 102-103)

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NEVER FORGET THAT THEONLY GUIDE IS THE QUR'AN

Alif Lam Ra. This is a Book We have sent downto you so that you can bring mankind from thedarkness to the light, by the permission of their

Lord, to the Path of the Almighty, thePraiseworthy. (Surah Ibrahim: 1)

Allah sent down the Qur'an for people to reflect upon, sothat they can know that He is the only God, to learn how toworship Him, and to become heedful. The Qur'an, our onlyguide, provides us with explanations for everything we need,shows us the path which pleases Allah, and gives the goodnews of the great consequences of surrendering as a servantto Him:

...We have sent down the Book to you making allthings clear and as guidance and mercy and goodnews for the Muslims. (Surat an-Nahl: 89)

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The Qur'an is the book in truth Allah sent to His servants.It is an admonition, a healing and a mercy for believers.Believers who can grasp this important reality reflect deeplyon every verse of the Qur'an, and spend all their lives incompliance with it. The answer of any question they seek isprovided by the Qur'an:

We have brought them a Book elucidatingeverything with knowledge, as guidance and amercy for people who believe. (Surat al-A'raf: 52)

Since the Qur'an explains everything relevant to being aservant to Allah, man is responsible for living by the Qur'an,observing its limits and complying with its commands. Onthe Day of Reckoning, people will be questioned based onthis book alone. Therefore, never forget that the way youconduct yourself, your thoughts and decisions, in brief,your entire way of life, should be in compliance only withthe Qur'an, and not with what the majority of people want.Living by the Qur'an is the unique way to salvation.

Moreover, it is necessary to read and comprehend theQur'an in order to live by the religion revealed in it, eventhough those around you may be far from complying with it.The majority of people might have never read the Qur'an.Among those who are familiar with the Qur'an, on the otherhand, there may be those who only memorize verses inArabic without reflecting on their meaning. They may evenconsider the Qur'an as a kind of amulet (Surely Allah isbeyond all that which they falsely ascribe to Him) and thuskeep it on the upper shelves of closets. But if what you wantto accomplish is salvation, you need to comply with Allah'scommands, not those of the majority of people. You need to

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read the admonitions sent down by Allah and know by heartHis commands. The reason why the Qur'an was revealed ismade clear in the following verses:

This is a communication to be transmitted tomankind so that they may be warned by it and sothat they will know that He is One God and so thatpeople of intelligence will pay heed. (SurahIbrahim: 52)

It is a Book We have sent down to you, full ofblessing, so let people of intelligence ponder itsSigns and take heed. (Surah Sâd: 29)

As is seen in the above quoted verses, Allah informs usthat only the people of intelligence, who have the faithdescribed in the Qur'an, can take heed. And remember thatthe Qur'an is made easy for us to reflect and take advice:

"Am I to desire someone other than Allah as a judgewhen it is He Who has sent down the Book to youclarifying everything?" Those We have given theBook know it has been sent down from your Lordwith truth, so on no account be among the doubters.(Surat al-An'am: 114)

In this way We have sent it down as Clear Signs.Allah guides anyone He wills. (Surat al-Hajj: 16)

Aside from that stated in these verses, there is yet anotherfact we need to keep in mind: the Qur'an is a guide forbelievers whereas it may misguide disbelievers. Those whodo not believe that they will be gathered in the presence oftheir Lord on the Day of Judgment and that the Qur'an is thebook in truth sent by the Lord, fail to grasp the divine

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purpose of its verses. They remain deaf and blind towardsthem. This condition is related in the Qur'an as follows:

When you recite the Qur'an, We place an obscuringveil between you and those who do not believe inthe hereafter. We have placed covers on their hearts,preventing them from understanding it, andheaviness in their ears. When you mention yourLord alone in the Qur'an, they turn their backs andrun away. (Surat al-Isra': 45-46)

Undoubtedly, this attitude of the disbelievers results fromtheir insincerity and their inclination to follow their whimsand desires. Examples of this inherent lack of understandingamong the disbelievers are as follows:

We have only appointed angels as masters of the Fireand We have only specified their number as a trialfor those who are disbelievers; so that those whowere given the Book might gain in certainty, andthose who believe might increase in their faith, andboth those who were given the Book and thebelievers might have no doubt; and so that thosewith sickness in their hearts and the disbelieversmight say, "What did Allah intend by this example?"In this way Allah misguides those He wills andguides those He wills. No one knows the legions ofyour Lord but Him. This is nothing but a reminderto all human beings. (Surat al-Muddaththir: 31)

Believers, on the other hand, are of an entirely differentstate of mind. As soon as they hear Allah's verses, theyconform to this most beautiful message, and thus, attainsalvation both in this world and beyond. The attitude typical

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of a believer towards Allah's signs is related in the Qur'an asfollows:

Allah has sent down the Supreme Discourse, a Bookconsistent in its frequent repetitions. The skins ofthose who fear their Lord tremble at it and then theirskins and hearts yield softly to the remembrance ofAllah. That is Allah's guidance by which He guideswhoever He wills. And no one can guide thosewhom Allah misguides. (Surat az-Zumar: 23)

Never forget that, if you really fear Allah, your heartshould soften when you listen to His verses. That is becauseAllah has informed us that believers with sincere faith willhave the faculty to grasp the Qur'an as the book in truth.Only disbelievers harbour doubts about its justness:

…and so that those who have been given knowledgewill know it is the truth from their Lord and believein it and their hearts will be humbled to Him. Allahguides those who believe to a straight path. Butthose who disbelieve will not cease to be in doubt ofit until the Hour comes on them suddenly or thepunishment of a desolate Day arrives. (Surat al-Hajj:54-55)

Never forget that you will also be judged according tothe Qur'an on the Day of Judgment. Allah reveals this truthin the following verse;

So hold fast to what has been revealed to you. Youare on a straight path. It is certainly a reminder toyou and to your people and you will be questioned.

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(Surat az-Zukhruf: 43-44)

That the majority of people are far removed from theQur'an, and that they have almost abandoned it, should notdeceive you. That is because, as people regard a lifespan of60-70 years as guaranteed, they tend to wait for the lateryears of their lives as the appropriate time to follow theQur'an. They wrongly conclude that living by the religionwould deprive them of the pleasures of youth. By thisinsincere reasoning, however, they prepare a bitter end forthemselves.

The sole guide that explains for you how to be a servantto Allah is the Qur'an. You must structure your life accordingto its commands. That is because, on the Day of Judgment,believers and disbelievers alike, will be judged according totheir obedience to the Qur'an. Never forget that you can onlyhope to attain Paradise and deliverance from eternalpunishment provided that you sincerely carry out what theQur'an commands.

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We have created all things according to a fixeddecree. (Surat al-Qamar: 49)

A s is stated in the verse above, everything isordained by Allah, the Almighty. For Allah, Whoneeds only to command "Be" and it is, has not only

ordained the fate of people, but also of all beings. Those whotruly believe in this absolute truth unconditionally submit tothe destiny Allah has ordained for them with His infinitewisdom. Never forget that, either willingly or unwillingly,everything is under Allah's control and is subject to Him.

However, people hold many errant opinions about fate.These opinions, mainly inspired by various deviant outlooks,are voiced without giving much thought to them. Moreover,they ignore that this is something that displeases Allah. Theydo not avoid using common catch phrases, lyrics or poemsthat imply a rejection of destiny. Evidencing this flawed

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understanding, nonsense phrases such as "to overcomedestiny" or "to change destiny" come about. People whobelieve such notions consider their expectations andaspirations as "destiny," and, in their failure to realize thatthese are mere expectations, they assume that destiny hasfailed to proceed as ordained and thus been altered. Suchirrational reasoning is typical of those who fail to have a truegrasp of destiny.

Destiny is Allah's creation and infinite knowledge of allevents, either past or future. Allah creates time and spacefrom nothing, keeps them under His control, and is notHimself bound by them. Moment by moment, every detail ofeverything that occurs, or has or will occur, arepredetermined in the sight of Allah.

Never forget that Allah creates time and thus is notbound by it. Therefore, He does not merely watch what ishappening and wait to see their consequences.

In His sight, the beginning and conclusion of every event,and its respective position on the timeline of eternity, isknown. Everything is determined and comprised in destiny.Therefore, man lacks the power to make any changes to it.Conversely, destiny is a decisive efficient factor over man.Every moment of his life is bound within it. A person cannoteven step out of the boundaries of fate, let alone change it. Thisis similar to the case of an actor, who slips outside of a video-cassette, acquiring a separate existence to make deletions oradditions to the scenes of the film in which he is an actor. Thisis certainly an illogical and impossible situation to expect.

Evidently, phrases such as "overcoming destiny " or

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"changing the course of destiny" are but fallacies. Neverforget that a person who says he has changed his destiny isactually uttering something he was destined to say.

For example, there may not be a ray of hope that a patientbe restored to health. But, his unexpected recovery wouldneither mean that he overcame his fate, nor that it had beenchanged by his doctors. It just reveals that the timedetermined for him was not yet due. Like everything, this is,too, determined in the sight of Allah and a part of destiny:

...And no living thing lives long or has its life cutshort without that being in a Book. That is easy forAllah. (Surah Fatir: 11)

No self can die except with Allah's permission, at apredetermined time... (Surah Al 'Imran: 145)

Being bound by time and space, it is unlikely for us tohave a full grasp of fate because Allah creates us and ourdestinies, and He is unbounded by anything. Whateverhappens to you, believe that Allah is entirely unbounded bytime and space.

There is yet another fact you need to keep in mind: Allevents are planned by Allah in a way to benefit the religionand believers. This being the case, a person of faith alwaysshows deference to the events he encounters. Forgetting orignoring the fact that all situations in life are ordained byAllah is the greatest harm one can ever do to oneself;bringing nothing but deep distress. In any case, whether oneacknowledges this fact or not, it does not change what ispredestined for him; ultimately the course of all affairs ispredetermined by fate:

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Nothing occurs, either in the earth or in yourselves,without its being in a Book before We make ithappen. That is something easy for Allah. (Surat al-Hadid: 22)

As is also evident from this verse, whatever happens tosomeone is definitely predestined by Allah, and whether onebelieves in it or not does not alter this fact. All affairs takingplace on the face of this earth, including the birth and deathof every person, occurs by Allah's Will at just thepredetermined time—not a moment before or later.

It is He Who created you from clay and then decreeda fixed term, and another fixed term is specifiedwith Him... (Surat al-An'am: 2)

Since nothing happens either on earth or within people'ssouls without Allah's Will, always putting one's trust in Allahis a disposition that Allah demands from His servants. Also,this is what man is inherently inclined to:

Say: "Nothing can happen to us except what Allahhas ordained for us. He is Our Master. It is in Allahthat the believers should put their trust." (Surat at-Tawba: 51)

As stated in the verse "...We test you with both good andevil as a trial. And you will be returned to Us." (Surat al-Anbiya': 35), Allah puts believers to test in a number of ways.To this end, besides things that they deem good, other thingsthat seem harmful to believers happen to them. But, neverforget that since everything is created by Allah's Will, theyalways yield the best results:

...It may be that you hate something when it is goodfor you and it may be that you love something when

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it is bad for you. Allah knows and you do not know.(Surat al-Baqara: 216)

Those who have faith in Allah and follow His pathalways enjoy the security and peace of mind of beingsubmissive to destiny. Nothing frightens or distresses aperson who submits himself to his destiny. Allah will grantHis believing servants a good life both in this world andbeyond, and keep them under His protection as long as theyseek His pleasure. However, Allah may not always reveal thegood of something that happens in this world. Yet, it remainsthat which may be seemingly adverse may lead a believerattain a better reward in the hereafter. A believer who isseriously ill, for instance, does not feel grief for what heexperiences. On the contrary, he sees his disease as a way toget nearer to his Lord. The most important thing toremember is that Allah plans all events to protect His trueservants and to enable them to earn Paradise.

My Protector is Allah Who sent down the Book. Hetakes care of the true believers. (Surat al-A'raf: 196)

Those who never forget that there is a divine purpose inwhatever happens to them feel the nearness of Allah'scompany in every step they take. Wherever they are, orwhatever they are doing, they never forget that Allah knowsit all very well.

Therefore, never forget that everything, past and future,in all its detail, is recorded in Allah's sight, that nothinghappens to man except for what Allah wills, that Allah isknowledgeable about our actions wherever we are orwhatever we are doing, and that we are all bound withinthe destiny ordained for us.

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Did I not make a contract with you, tribe ofAdam, not to worship Satan, who truly is an

outright enemy to you, but to worship Me? Thatis a straight path. He has led numerous people

among you into error. Why did you not use yourintellect? (Surah Ya Sin: 60-62)

A lways bear in mind that you have an enemy whoseonly aim is to keep you far from Allah, His religionand the Qur'an. He does not relent from his plot

even for a moment; lying in ambush, he awaits theopportunity to fulfil his task. He is able to see you fromwhere you cannot see him and tries thousands of methods toentrap you. One of his characteristics is that he is stealthy. Hismethods, tactics and tricks may vary from one person to next.The tactics he employs may also depend on the time, placeand conditions. This enemy of ours is Satan, the being who

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was driven from the sight of Allah. Contrary to what the majority of people think, Satan is

not an imaginary being. As a part of the test in this world,one needs to be always watchful against Satan. Because,revolting against Allah, Satan swore to lead His servantsastray. The rebellious behaviours of the devil is related in theQur'an as follows:

We created you and then formed you and then Wesaid to the angels, "Prostrate before Adam," and theyprostrated—except for Iblis. He was not amongthose who prostrated. He (Allah) said, "Whatprevented you from prostrating when I commandedyou to?" He (Satan) replied, "I am better than him.You created me from fire and You created him fromclay." He (Allah) said, "Descend from Heaven. It isnot for you to be arrogant in it. So get out! You areone of the abased." He (Satan) said, "Grant me areprieve until the day they are raised up." He (Allah)said, "You are one of the reprieved." He (Satan) said,"By Your misguidance of me, I will lie in ambush forthem on your straight path. Then I will come atthem, from in front of them and behind them, fromtheir right and from their left. You will not find mostof them thankful." He (Allah) said, "Get out of it,reviled and driven out. As for those of them whofollow you, I will fill up Hell with every one of you."(Surat al-A'raf: 11-18)

As is made clear in the above verses, Satan is the mostavowed enemy of mankind. This being will also try tomislead you by arousing in you sinful desires. However, an

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important point should be noted here; as is stated in theverses above, the major goal of Satan is to make you, alongwith the rest of mankind, follow him. The accursed Satan willnot relent until you enter Hell. Therefore, never forget thatyou must always be wary of him and not follow any of histemptations.

There is yet an even more important fact to remember:Satan does not possess any power independent of Allah. Heis created by Allah, and is completely under His control. He isa servant of Allah, and can only act with His permission. Heis charged with the task of helping to distinguish those whotruly believe from those who do not. He can only act underAllah's Will. When the time granted to him expires, he will bethrown into Hell together with those he had led astray:

(Allah said): I will fill up Hell with you and everyone of them who follows you. (Surah Sâd: 85)

Therefore, always bear in mind that Satan does notactually have any power over believers. As stressed in thefollowing verse, he has power only over those who do nottruly and sincerely believe:

He (Satan) said, "My Lord, because You misled me, Iwill make things on the earth seem good to themand I will mislead them all, every one of them,except Your servants among them who are sincere."(Surat al-Hijr: 39-40)

Satan cannot lead a man, who is created by Allah as abeliever, to go astray from the right path. Of course, believersare always prone to make mistakes. However, they neverdespair of Allah's mercy, but immediately take refuge in Himand repent with sincerity. We are informed in the Qur'an of

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those over whom Satan can exert his power:

He has no authority over those who believe and puttheir trust in their Lord. He only has authority overthose who take him as a friend and associate otherswith Allah. (Surat an-Nahl: 99-100)

Never forget that Satan wishes to lead you to becomeinsolent, arrogant and disobedient to Allah, just as hehimself is. He commands you to do evil, to perform acts thatare not pleasing to Allah and to say of Allah that about whichyou have no knowledge. He tries to hinder you fromassessing Allah's true grandeur and might. Allah drawsattention to this danger in the Qur'an as follows:

Mankind! Eat what is good and lawful on the earth.And do not follow in the footsteps of Satan. He trulyis an outright enemy to you. He only commands youto do evil and indecent acts and to say about Allahwhat you do not know. (Surat al-Baqara: 168-169)

His main endeavour is to fill mankind with constant fearof poverty, a goal which he is able to accomplish once he hasmade them forget about the hereafter. Unaware thateverything is under Allah's control, and that no one canprevent any good if Allah wills it, these people livecompletely irresponsibly, leading them to commit all sorts ofoffences against Allah:

Satan threatens you with poverty and enjoins you tobe niggardly, and Allah promises you forgivenessfrom Himself and abundance; and Allah is Ample-giving, Knowing. (Surat al-Baqara: 268)

Satan's primary tactic is deviousness. Indeed, Allah

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describes this stealth "...the insidious whisperer whowhispers (evil) in people's breasts." (Surat an-Nas: 4-5) Asthe verse makes clear, Satan, who approaches peopledeceptively, busies people with idle and trivial matters andmakes their wrongdoings seem fair to them:

If only they had humbled themselves when Ourviolent force came upon them! However, their heartswere hard and Satan made what they were doingseem attractive to them. (Surat al-An'am: 43)

More importantly, these people, whose hearts arehardened and who assume themselves to be on the rightpath, though in fact they are misled, lead themselves stillfurther from Allah's revelations. Forsaking Allah, they holdSatan dear, follow his path, and thus, grow even moreinsolent. Allah warns mankind thus:

Recite to them the tale of him to whom We gave OurSigns, but who then cast them to one side and Satancaught up with him. He was one of those lured intoerror. (Surat al-A'raf: 175)

Remember that Satan will employ different methodsfor different people, and will target your weaknesses inorder to lead you astray.

Throughout history, Satan has approached each personwith a different tactic. He ensures that a person who isalready distant from religion distances himself still further bymaking the life of this world seem alluring to him. He makeshim forget about the Day of Judgment, and thus, manages tokeep him far from the true religion all through his life.

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All the while, he does not neglect to approach thebelievers. In order to hinder believers from worshippingAllah sincerely, he strives to stop them from engaging indeeds done to earn Allah's consent. He endeavours toweaken their values. Disguising the true nature of their evil,he tempts believers into succumbing to arrogance,selfishness, forgetfulness, carelessness, conceit, andirascibility.

In order to distract them, Satan encourages people tomake long-term plans with which to keep their minds busy.He strives to prevent them from keeping their mindsoccupied with the remembrance of Allah. For this purpose,he makes people immerse themselves in everyday problems,or inspires them with excuses to justify their negligence inremembering Allah.

Believers who are submissive to Allah, who rememberHim night and day, who are aware that everything takesplace under His control, and who sincerely turn towards theLord, are less susceptible to the influence of Satan. As theProphet Muhammad (pbuh) also said, "When a group of peopleassemble for the remembrance of Allah, (Allah's) mercy envelopsthem, and tranquillity descends upon them.'' Aware of this fact,Satan especially strives to make people neglect remembranceof Allah. Indeed, he has a particular influence over those whodo not fear Allah:

Satan has gained mastery over them and made themforget the remembrance of Allah. Such people arethe party of Satan. No indeed! It is the party of Satanwho are the losers. (Surat al-Mujadala: 19)

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Never forget that it is Satan who stirs up hatred andhostility among people. Since time immemorial, "Satan'sprovocations" underlie all wars, conflicts, disputes anddeceit. Satan's provoking of people is related in a verse asfollows:

Do you not see that We send the Satans against thosewho disbelieve to goad them on? (Surah Maryam:83)

Disbelievers are the people who have taken Satan as theirfriend and adopted his system. With such a mindset,adherence to Satan and the hatred and hostility they feel forone another become unavoidable. However, Satan alsostrives to stir up hatred among believers. In doing so, he aimsto weaken the believers' will and deter them from obeyingAllah. Allah has warned His servants against this danger andshowed them the ways to avoid it:

Say to My servants that they should only say thebest. Satan wants to stir up trouble between them.Satan is an outright enemy to man. (Surat al-Isra': 53)

Never forget that, at any moment, Satan may trythrough his slyness to tempt you. Contrary to the commonperception, Satan is not a being that appears now and then.He follows you wherever you go, or in whatever you do. Heis resolved to this struggle so long as you live.

A person who forgets the existence of Satan is apt tomisidentify his temptations. Therefore, he may be easilydeceived into believing that these temptations are his ownthoughts. He may simply fail to grasp that this cunning inner

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voice is the voice of Satan. However, true believers aregranted with the wisdom and insight to distinguish the voiceof Satan from that of their conscience. Allah has informedthem how to protect themselves from the whispers andprovocations of Satan:

If an evil impulse from Satan provokes you, seekrefuge in Allah. He is All-Hearing, All-Seeing. Asfor those who perform their duty, when they arebothered by visitors from Satan, they remember andimmediately see clearly. (Surat al-A'raf: 200-201)

Never forget that Satan will strive to make you forgetthose truths which you need to always bear in mind. Asmentioned earlier, one of the most effective methods whichSatan frequently resorts to in order to lead people astray is tomake them "forget." Satan's main strategy, therefore, is tomake people forget about their responsibilities to Allah. Hestrives to hinder good deeds by making us forget that Allahencompasses us from all around, that we are subject to fate,and that we will die and have to give an account of ouractions in Allah's presence.

Satan does not want people to be thankful to Allah. Thatis why he tries to make them forget that everything aroundus is a favour from Allah. By making the life of this worldseem alluring, and making them forget the existence of thehereafter, he strives to deceive people. He endeavours tomake people forget that there is an absolute good ineverything that happens, and especially in unexpectedevents. The reality of fate and the need of putting one's trust

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in Allah are other key factors he tries to make people forget. In the Qur'an, Allah draws our attention several times to

the fact that with his inculcations, Satan can affect a human'smind and thus make him to forget:

When you see people engrossed in mockery of OurSigns, turn from them until they start to talk of otherthings. And if Satan should ever cause you to forget,once you remember, do not stay sitting with thewrongdoers. (Surat al-An'am: 68)

"...No one made me forget to remember it exceptSatan. It found its way into the sea in an amazingway." (Surat al-Kahf: 63)

...but Satan made him forget to remind his lord, andso he stayed in prison for several years. (SurahYusuf: 42)

Despite all these acts of Satan, never forget that he is abeing entirely under Allah's control and he has no powerover true servants of Allah.

After all, Satan is created by Allah and, willingly or not,he is subject to Him. He can perform his acts only with Hispermission. Unless Allah wills, he is incapable of doing anyof them. No matter what Satan does, he can mislead onlydeniers. On the other hand, his actions against those withfaith only help to reinforce their commitment:

…so that He can make what Satan insinuates a trialfor those with sickness in their hearts and for thosewhose hearts are hard—the wrongdoers areentrenched in hostility—and so that those who have

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been given knowledge will know it is the truth fromtheir Lord and have faith in it and their hearts willbe humbled to Him. Allah guides those who havefaith to a straight path. (Surat al-Hajj: 53-54)

Allah has revealed to us that Satan actually has no power.It is only the disbelievers that he can capture under thisinfluence. This is made clear in the Qur'an:

Iblis was correct in his assessment of them and theyfollowed him, except for a group of the believers. Hehad no authority over them except to enable Us toknow those who believe in the hereafter from thosewho are in doubt about it. Your Lord is the Preserverof all things. (Surah Saba': 20-21)

On the other hand, believers do not lend an ear to thetemptations of Satan but immediately take refuge in Allah, asthey are commanded in the Qur'an:

If an evil urge from Satan eggs you on, seek refugein Allah... (Surah Fussilat: 36)

They are aware that failure to take refuge in Allah, bywhich they may block Satan's doings, may render them morevulnerable to his temptations. This is the way Satan becomesthe confidant of his adherents and leads them away fromAllah and the remembrance of Him.

If someone shuts his eyes to the remembrance of theAll-Merciful, We assign him a Satan who becomeshis bosom friend. (Surat az-Zukhruf: 36)

From the foregoing, it is obvious that there is no reasonwhy people of sound faith should be concerned for thetemptations of the devil. Without a doubt, they must be

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aware of him. But, at the same time, Allah also gives the gladtidings of a very important fact:

But as for My servants, you will not have anyauthority over them. Your Lord suffices as aguardian. (Surat al-Isra': 65)

Never forget that Satan is shifty in character; he willleave his followers all alone on the Day of Judgment.

On the conclusion of our life in this world, Satan willabandon his followers while announcing to them that he haddeceived them. This announcement is related as follows inthe Qur'an:

When the affair is decided Satan will say, "Allahmade you a promise, a promise of truth, and I madeyou a promise but broke my promise. I had noauthority over you, except that I called you and youresponded to me. Do not, therefore, blame me butblame yourselves. I cannot come to your aid nor youto mine. I reject the way you associated me withAllah before." The wrongdoers will have a painfulpunishment. (Surah Ibrahim: 22)

Adherents of this shifty Satan will fully recognize theirwrongdoings on the Day of Judgment. They will feel pangsof despair over having been irresponsible towards Allah allthrough their lives and not following His way. Yet, it will betoo late to atone for their wrongdoing:

The Day when a wrongdoer will bite his hands andsay, "Alas for me! If only I had gone the way of theMessenger! Alas for me! If only I had not taken so-

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and-so for a friend! He led me astray from theReminder after it came to me." Satan always leavesman in the lurch. (Surat al-Furqan: 27-29)

Never forget that the final resting place of those whopursue evil in the world will certainly be Hell.

On the Day of Judgment, adherents of Satan willdenounce one another in the presence of Allah:

"If only there was the distance of the two Eastsbetween you and me! What an evil companion!"(Surat az-Zukhruf: 38)

On that day, man will eventually understand that Satanwas his outright enemy. But, as mentioned above, it will betoo late, and his final apprehension of the fact will not savehim from eternal punishment of Hell. Satan and his followerswill certainly be called to account for everything they haddone:

By your Lord, We will collect them and the Satanstogether. Then We will assemble them around Hellon their knees. (Surah Maryam: 68)

Satan is your enemy so treat him as an enemy. Hesummons his party so they will be among the peopleof the Searing Blaze. (Surah Fatir: 6)

Consequently, never forget that you have an enemywho wants you to suffer pain and distress, and moreovertaste the punishment of Hell for all eternity. He is watchingyou even at this very moment you read this book.Remember that, if you truly believe in Allah, you shouldseek refuge in Him to avoid the inculcations of evil...

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NEVER FORGET THAT THEWORLD IS A TEMPORARY

PLACE AND A TEST

The life of the world is nothing but a game anda diversion. The abode of the hereafter—that is

truly Life if they only knew. (Surat al-'Ankabut: 64)

N ever forget that everything on the face of the earthis created for a purpose. It is a most definite factthat everything you see around you serves a

special purpose. There is also a purpose for which you andthe rest of humanity exists:

He Who created death and life to test which of youis best in action. He is the Almighty, the Ever-Forgiving. (Surat al-Mulk: 2)

As the verse above explains, Allah placed mantemporarily in this world to test him. He tests us with whatwe experience in life; He creates this life in order thatbelievers may be distinguished from the non-believers, and

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by which they may be purified of evil, and worthy of thereward of Paradise. In other words, the world is merely atesting-ground where we can earn the good pleasure of Allah.

Allah has made clear the limits to observe, and thebehaviour by which He is pleased or displeased.Accordingly, a person's temperament in this worlddetermines his rewards or punishment in the hereafter.Therefore, every single passing moment brings us closer toeither Paradise or Hell. As such, never forget that you arebeing tested, even right at this moment, and that the resultof this test will determine your afterlife. Also, never forgetthat this result is very near. Allah reminds us of this fact inseveral verses and warns His servants against that day:

You who believe! Heed Allah and let each self lookto what it has sent forward for Tomorrow. HeedAllah. Allah is aware of what you do. (Surat al-Hashr: 18)

Allah warns people against not being greedily attached tothe temporary and alluring joys of this world. That is because,neither wealth, beauty nor social status, that is, nothing a manpossesses in this world, will be of help to him in the hereafter.He will leave behind everything he had, including his body.His body will decay in the earth; the possessions of which hehad been so proud will be unable to resist the irrepressibledamage of time. All alone, he will be brought to the presenceof his Lord to give an account of his deeds.

However, despite this apparent reality, engrossed witheveryday routines, the majority of people totally forget thetruth of death and the hereafter; they assume their life to beconfined to this world only. This attitude is explained in theQur'an as follows:

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They say, "There is nothing but our existence in theworld. We die and we live and nothing destroys usexcept for time." They have no knowledge of that.They are only conjecturing. (Surat al-Jathiyya: 24)

However, these people disregard one crucial fact; the lifeof this world is actually quite brief. Consider a man in histhirties. If he were to consider his life, it would certainly seemthat it was a "fleeting." If he were asked what he thinks aboutthose 30 years, he would simply remark that everything haspassed so quickly. If he were asked to tell his story, hisreminiscences would only add up to a few hours talk. Thisman will probably have 30 more years to experience, andwhich will pass as quickly as his past days. In many verses,Allah draws our attention to the brevity of this life andinforms us that people will admit this fact in the hereafter:

On the day We gather them together—when it willseem if they had tarried no more than an hour of asingle day... (Surah Yunus: 45)

On the Day the Last Hour arrives, the evildoers willswear they have not even tarried for an hour. That isthe extent to which they are deceived. (Surat ar-Rum:55)

To hinder man from undue attachment to this world,Allah has installed various flawed and undesirable elementsinto this life, and thus stressed the temporary nature of thisworld. This is certainly one of the subjects over which manhas to reflect; anything you cherish or deem valuable in thislife ages, your loved ones pass, one after another, even themost beautiful people around you grow old, become sick orfall weak... The moments you so much enjoyed, or those you

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had so looked forward to, are all now part of the past. Thatalso applies to the most trying times you experienced. It willalso hold true for your future experiences, the course of therest of your life, which will seem as brief as the blink of aneye. You will continually be tested, a test that will go on untildeath catches up with you... Then, as every man who hasever entered this world, you will be repaid in full for whatyou have done, and thus your eternal life will begin.

However, man never desires anything beautiful orenjoyable to fade. Yet, in this fleeting life, such a wish cannotbe fulfilled. So, how can one attain them? Paradise is the onlyplace where they will be realized.

Never forget that the world is not the proper place tofulfil these desires. If you truly yearn for the ever-lasting favours, never forget that you must notpursue the life of this world, but seek the hereafterby preparing yourself for it.

Disbelievers who are ignorant of these facts, however, tryto confine everything they desire into this temporary world.Such pursue aims founded in the perverted belief that deathbrings an end to this world. Thus, it is in this world that theyseek to attain all blessings and pleasures. Fearing that deathwill deprive them of their desires, they strive to make themost of this life. However, their efforts are vain; this world isutterly deficient. The real abode of man, that is, the hereafteris the place that offers the best and incorruptible favours thatman can enjoy; however, all such favours are saved only fortrue believers who serve Allah and no one else. The favoursenjoyed by disbelievers are confined only to this world. Theway in which the disbelievers will be exposed to fire is

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related in the Qur'an as follows:

On the Day when those who were disbelievers areexposed to the Fire: "You dissipated the good thingsyou had in your worldly life and enjoyed yourself init. So today you are being repaid with thepunishment of humiliation for being arrogant in theearth without any right and for being deviators."(Surat al-Ahqaf: 20)

That is also why the Prophet (pbuh) drew attention to theimportance of the accountability of one's self and deeds:

A wise man is the one who calls himself to account (andrefrains from doing evil deeds) and does noble deeds to benefithim after death; and the foolish person is the one who subdueshimself to his temptations and desires and seeks from Allah thefulfilment of his vain desires. (Tirmidhi)

As related here, nothing could be more important thanthe deeds done with the effort of avoiding the punishment offire. In some cases, a student would study hard to graduate,a businessman to acquire great wealth, and yet anotherwould sacrifice anything to attain a prestige. However, thereis no guarantee these people will live long enough to attainthese goals; that student may not live to see his graduationday, for instance. One thing is certain, however; he willreturn to his Lord and will have to give an account of hisdeeds on the Day of Judgment.

As for those who do not expect to meet Us and arecontent with the life of the world and at rest in it,and those who are heedless of Our Signs, theirshelter will be the Fire because of what they earned.(Surah Yunus: 7-8)

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Diseases, accidents or old age, of which we must take

heed are but evidences that this world is not a place for

which we are to feel attachment:

Do they not see that they are tried once or twice in every

year? But still they do not turn back. They do not pay heed.

(Surat at-Tawba: 126)

As is evident from the verse, "...You desire the goods ofthe world, whereas Allah desires the hereafter... " (Surat al-

Anfal: 67), Allah repeatedly reminds us that this world is

flawed so that Allah's servants can attain the better place in

the hereafter:

Never disregard these reminders and keep in mind thatyou must please Allah to be worthy of bliss for all eternity.Allah has made clear in the Qur'an that those who are

attached to the brief life of this world will lose the eternal life

in the hereafter:

If anyone desires to cultivate the hereafter, We willincrease him in his cultivation. If anyone desires tocultivate the world, We will give him some of it buthe will have no share in the hereafter. (Surat ash-Shura: 20)

In His verses, Allah urges people to desire the hereafter,

since it is better and longer lasting. (Surah Ta Ha: 131)

All the while, never forget that Allah will grant truebelievers, who aspire to the life of the hereafter, a good lifealso in this world. Believers are those who attain Allah's best

favours both in this world and in the hereafter:

There is good news for them in the life of the worldand in the hereafter... (Surah Yunus: 64)

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ANY MOMENT

Say: "Death, from which you are fleeing, willcertainly catch up with you. Then you will bereturned to the Knower of the Unseen and the

Visible and He will inform you about what youdid." (Surat al-Jumu'a: 8)

A ll those you see around you, your friends, relatives,basically, every one living on this planet, willcertainly one day die, as did billions of others who

lived before them. This fact is related in a verse that reads,"Every self will taste death..." (Surat al-Anbiya': 35). Toforget this certainty marks a great lack of conscientiousness.Man, who is incapable of avoiding death, will most certainlydie, for one reason or another, at a time and place unknownto him.

Keep in mind that, neither beauty, fame, status, wealth,nor youth could have ever prevented their death.

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Even though most people are well aware of theserealities, they avoid thinking about death, and even strive toforget about it. However, this is nothing but self-deception.That is why the Prophet (pbuh) also reminded believers to"remember frequently death." (Tirmidhi) Whether one thinksabout this inevitable event or not, death will certainly meethim:

The throes of death come revealing the truth. That iswhat you were trying to evade! (Surah Qaf: 19)

These lines must have reminded you of the closeness ofdeath. Still, try to ponder this issue more deeply; who knows,death may come upon you before you have a chance to finishthis book. Therefore, never forget that death is very close toyou, as it is close to all.

Contrary to the popular perception, death is not the finalstage of a logical sequence of events. Once it is time, Allahsends His angel to whom death is ordained, and takes hissoul suddenly, at some quite unexpected moment. It mayhappen right at this instant, before you have a chance to risefrom your chair. The Angel of Death may appear before you,all of a sudden. That you may be surrounded by your friendsor your family would not alter this possibility; they can in noway protect you from death. So, never forget that every soulwill be taken by the Angel of Death appointed by Allah tothe task, and will thus be returned to his Lord.

Still, the idea that you may die at any moment may seemdifficult to fathom. The thought of those things you still needto accomplish gives you the feeling that it is too early for youto die. The fact is, however, it is only Allah Who determinesthe time of death. Not a minute longer or less can a personlive, other than the time determined for him. Death meets the

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soul of a man at the best time predetermined in his destiny:

Allah will not give anyone more time, once theirtime has come. Allah is aware of what you do. (Suratal-Munafiqun: 11)

Have you ever thought what your body will experiencein death?

No matter whether you are beautiful or rich, yourstiffened body will rest in a room or morgue. Wrapped in ashroud, your body will be put in a narrow coffin. The hearsewill take your body to the graveyard where your corpse willbe placed in the pit. Soil will cover you all over. Your body,merely a heap of bones and flesh, will soon start to decay andputrefy. Ultimately, nothing will remain of you except for apile of bones. Never forget that you will surely meet such aday; eventually, your body will remain alone, under theground.

A dead human body is an object from which we are todraw lessons. A corpse is hard to tolerate even for a fewminutes. Have you ever wondered why a human body,which is able to maintain its robustness for the duration of alifetime becomes unbearable after death? This is certainlysomething to ponder, since the thought of your decayingbody—as the bodies of all your loved–ones—will assist youin not forgetting the hereafter and becoming attached to thisworld.

Despite these facts, however, the majority of peopleabsorb themselves in the trivialities of their every day lifewhile they turn their back to this inevitable event. Yet, this isdefinite error; their failure to prepare themselves for theafterlife ultimately leads them only to an eternal torment.

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Therefore, remaining aware that death will certainly one daymeet him, man should strive to do good deeds in order toearn Allah's consent. Our Lord, the Almighty and the Just,grants sufficient time to every one in which to heed Hiswarning. This period, though, is confined to the life of thisworld. That is, one can only sincerely repent for his mistakesin this world. Once death takes him, there will no longer beany opportunity to correct his errors. Instead, he will feelregret for all eternity:

They will shout out in it (the Fire of Hell), "OurLord! Take us out! We will act rightly, differentlyfrom the way we used to act!" Did We not let you livelong enough for anyone who was going to pay heedto pay heed? And did not the warner come to you?Taste it then! There is no helper for the wrongdoers.(Surah Fatir: 37)

Never forget that death is not the end; contrary to thecommon notions, death does not bring everything to an end.Nor is it an everlasting peaceful sleep, as many ignorantlyassume. Death is the beginning of one's real and eternal life;this is a life determined according to how one conductshimself in this world, and it is unlikely to be changed oncedeath comes upon him. Death is a gate to bliss and salvation,if that person has spent his life to earn Allah's good pleasure.For those who turned away from Allah, however, it is thebeginning of an eternal torment.

In this world, Allah causes man to experience manyincidents that serve as reminders of death and the hereafter.For those inclined to take the warning, these reminders makethem seriously reflect upon their lives and reconsider their

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outlook on it. Those who disregard these warnings, however,are in great loss. Never forget that those who have alreadydied had not been expecting death either, just like peoplewho are still alive now, and death probably came upon themat a very unexpected moment, such as at the dinner table orwhile they were making plans for the weekend.

So, never forget to work for your afterlife, before deathcomes to you after which you won't have the chance toperform a further good deed.

In the Qur'an, Allah relates the fact that death is not anevent that can in any way be put off, and describes the deepregret suffered by those for whom death was ordained:

Give from what We have provided for you beforedeath comes to one of you and he says, "My Lord, ifonly you would give me a little more time so that Ican give alms and be one of the righteous!" Allahwill not give anyone more time, once their time hascome. Allah is aware of what you do. (Surat al-Munafiqun: 10-11)

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NEVER FORGET THAT THEDAY OF RESURRECTION

AND THE DAY OFRECKONING WILL SURELY

HAPPEN

And the Hour is coming without any doubt andAllah will raise up all those in the graves.

(Surat al-Hajj: 7)

N ow stop and look at your watch; with everysecond that passes, you are rushing towards thatfinal moment, the moment you will be returned to

your Lord to account for your deeds. That predeterminedtime will certainly come. This will most likely be at somequite unexpected moment, a moment at which your soul willbe taken away by the angel of death. After that, you will findyourself at the Day of Resurrection. At once, anything relatedto this world will lose its significance for you, and you will

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clearly see that what really mattered is one's faith andearning the good pleasure of Allah.

So, while you still have the chance, do not forget to makepreparations for the Day of Resurrection, when everything ofthis world will perish and all humanity will rise from theirgraves to give account for themselves to their Lord.

On that day when every single deed done in life will bemade apparent, those who sought good will be repaid in full,while the evil-doers will wish to be distanced from theirwrongdoings. Alone in Allah's presence, man will be judgedwith justice and will not be in any way unjustly treated.

While the time flies through the countdown to the Day ofJudgment, those who do not heed Allah's warning but followtheir whims and desires are in a great loss. This fact is relatedin the Qur'an as follows:

Mankind's Reckoning has drawn very close to them,yet they heedlessly turn away. No fresh remindercomes to them from their Lord without their listeningto it as if it was a game. (Surat al-Anbiya': 1-2)

Never forget that this great day of reckoning is rushingtoward you, and that on that day Allah will inform you ofall your deeds, including those you remember and thoseyou do not.

On that day, all deeds of a person, kept in Allah's infinitememory, will be presented to man. Every thought, everydeed, even those he cannot recall will be made apparent.Indeed, the Qur'an informs us that everything one does isrecorded down to its minute detail:

Everything they did is in the Books. Everything isrecorded, big or small. (Surat al-Qamar: 52-53)

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Man is forgetful, but Allah never forgets, nor does He err.Therefore, wrongdoers will never be able to distancethemselves from their misdeeds. A person may forget a worddispleasing to Allah he uttered 10 years before or anirreverent idea that crossed his mind. But Allah, theAlmighty, will make him to know his words and thoughts onthe Day of Reckoning:

Say, "Whether you conceal what is in your breasts ormake it known, Allah knows it. He knows what is inthe heavens and what is on earth. Allah has powerover all things." On the Day that each self finds thegood it did, and the evil it did, present there in frontof it, it will wish there were an age between it andthen. Allah advises you to beware of Him. Allah isEver-Gentle with His servants. (Surah Al 'Imran: 29-30)

On that day Allah will raise them altogether, He willinform them of their deeds:

Allah has recorded it while they have forgotten it.Allah is a Witness of all things. (Surat al-Mujadala: 6)

Never forget that Allah, Who witnesses everything,Who never forgets and is never mistaken, will present youall your deeds and thoughts on that day.

Unmindful of the fact that one will be required to give anaccount of his deeds, every deed a person commits in thisignorance will certainly bring disappointment and incurableregret. Nothing else a man forgets in this life could bringsuch a grievous penalty. This being the case, never forgetthis fact, which may jeopardize your eternal life, for it is a

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great sin to be committed against Allah's Will:

...Those who are misguided from the Way of Allahwill receive a harsh punishment because they forgotthe Day of Reckoning. (Surah Sâd: 26)

The Qur'an provides clear descriptions of the Day ofResurrection in order to make people cognizant of it. The Dayof Resurrection is the day when everything will becomeinsignificant. As Allah informs, "that Day will be a difficultday, not easy for disbelievers." (Surat al-Muddaththir: 9-10)

When the trumpet is blown, the material world will cometo an end, and the Day of Resurrection will begin. While evenan minor earthquake forces people out of their homes interror, people on that Day will witness terrifying tremors thatwill convulse even the firmly set mountains. The 6th verse ofthe Surat al-Qamar describes that day as "...the Day theSummoner summons them to something unspeakablyterrible."

That day an unprecedented tumult will permeate everycorner of the universe. Oceans will surge into each other(Surat at-Takwir: 6), the sky will be like molten brass, thestars will be extinguished, the moon will be eclipsed, the sunand moon will be fused together, (Surat al-Qiyama: 8-9)heaven will be opened and become doorways (Surat an-Naba': 19), the mountains will be pulverized (Surat al-Mursalat: 10), and become like tufts of colored wool (Surat al-Qari'a: 5), and the earth will become flat so that no dip orgradient will be in it (Surah Ta Ha: 107). When the Trumpetis blasted a second time, people will be resurrected andgathered to give account for their deeds:

The Trumpet will be blown and those in the heavens

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and those in the earth will all lose consciousness,except those Allah wills. Then it will be blown asecond time and at once they will be standingupright, looking on. And the earth will shine withthe Pure Light of its Lord; the Book will be put inplace; the Prophets and witnesses will be brought; itwill be decided between them with the truth; andthey will not be wronged. (Surat az-Zumar: 68-69)

Disbelievers will emerge from their graves with downcasteyes, like swarming locusts. With necks outstretched, eyestransfixed, rushing headlong to the Summoner, they will say,"This is a pitiless day!" (Surat al-Qamar: 7-8). Those whoclaimed that Allah would not fix a time with them forreckoning (Surat al-Kahf: 48) will have no safe place to escapeon that day. Then will they be in the presence of the Lord,which is the true final destination. (Surat al-Qiyama: 10-12)

When the Hour comes, those who believed that theywould not be raised again, and that death is merely aneverlasting sleep, will know that Allah's warnings had beentrue:

They will say, "Are we to be restored to how wewere? When we have become perished, worm-eatenbones?" (Surat an-Nazi'at: 10-11)

Again, they will say, "Alas for us! Who has raised usfrom our resting-place? This is what the All-Merciful promised us. The Messengers were tellingthe truth." (Surah Ya Sin : 52)

On the Day of Judgment, those who believed and thosewho disbelieved will be clearly recognized from each other.While the elation of the believers will be apparent from their

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faces, the faces of disbelievers will be gloomy.

Faces that Day will be radiant, gazing at their Lord.And faces that Day will be glowering, realizing thata back-breaking blow has fallen. (Surat al-Qiyama:22-25)

On that day, those who have acknowledged that theywould have to account for their deeds, and thus, sold the lifeof this world in return for the hereafter, will receive theirBooks from the right. Those who with a clear conscienceengaged in deeds to earn Allah's consent will be able tohappily say "Here is my Book." In return for their devotion,they will attain eternal joy.

The one who receives his book from the left, however,will feel an unrelenting regret and grief because of havingbeen unconcerned of the Day of Reckoning, and will say, "Ifonly I had not been given my Book and had not knownabout my Reckoning." (Surat al-Haqqa: 25-26) As is stated inthese verses, his life will be dark and straightened, his facewill be downcast and dust-covered, covered in gloom. Allahwill gather these people on the Day of Resurrection, flat ontheir faces, blind, dumb and deaf. (Surat al-Isra': 97)

The words of those who will be raised blind because theydid not keep themselves occupied with the remembrance ofAllah are conveyed as follows:

He will say, "My Lord, why have you gathered meblind when before I was able to see?" He will say,"Just as Our Signs came to you and you forgot them,in the same way you too are forgotten today." (SurahTa Ha: 125-126)

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the Day of Reckoning, never forget that you should seekAllah's consent throughout your life.

It is a day when everyone, except those favoured byAllah, will be terrified. The wrongdoers will blame oneanother and feel unbearable grief. On that Day, only thosewho have sincerely complied with the commands of Allahwill feel no fear. The more unconcerned and unprepared aperson is in this world, the more terrified he will be on theDay of Resurrection. Allah reminds us of the terror of thatday as follows:

Mankind, have fear of your Lord! The quaking ofthe Hour is a terrible thing. On the day they see it,every nursing woman will be oblivious of the babyat her breast, and every pregnant woman will abortthe contents of her womb, and you will think peopledrunk when they are not drunk; it is just that thepunishment of Allah is so severe. (Surat al-Hajj: 1-2)

Never forget that no one will worry for his friend thatday. None will be around to help. On the Day ofResurrection, everyone will try to sell even his closestrelations as ransom for his own salvation. Yet, nothing will beaccepted from him:

Even though they can see each other. An evildoerwill wish he could ransom himself from thepunishment of that Day, by means of his sons, or hiswife or his brother or his family who sheltered himor everyone else on earth, if that only meant that hecould save himself. But no! It is a Raging Blaze.(Surat al-Ma'arij: 11-15)

In brief, there is no recourse or no place to escape. That

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will be the day a person will remember the warnings given tohim in this world. Though, it will not help him at all:

He used to be joyful in his family. He thought thathe was never going to return. But in fact his Lordwas always watching him! (Surat al-Inshiqaq: 13-15)

On the Day of Resurrection, the scales of justice will beweighed and no soul will be wronged in the least. Even if itwere no more than the weight of a grain of mustard-seed, itwill be brought to account. (Surat al-Anbiya': 47) Thosewhose scale of good is heavy will attain a pleasant life. But asfor those whose scale is light, their abode will be Hell. (Suratal-Qari'a: 6-11) Allah draws attention to this fact as follows:

That Day people will emerge segregated to see theresults of their actions. Whoever does an atom'sweight of good will see it. Whoever does an atom'sweight of evil will see it. (Surat az-Zilzal: 6-8)

Remember that that will be a day when nor status,titles, goods or sons one had possessed in this world will beof any significance. On that day, the only criteria employedto distinguish between people will be their deeds. Eachperson will be asked whether he worshipped his Creator ornot. On that day when all hidden things will surface, manwill not be in a position to make up for his wrongdoings:

On the Day when the secrets are sought out and manwill have no strength or helper. (Surat at-Tariq: 9-10)

Evil deeds, wrongdoings and the thoughts of deniers,will be brought before them one by one for all to see. In adespised and humiliated state, those who committed themost serious offences by denying Allah, Who created and

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gave them life, will wait for their judgment:

On that Day, woe to the deniers! This is the Day theywill not say a single word, nor will they be allowedto offer any excuses. On that Day, woe to the deniers!This is the Day of Decision. We have gathered youand the earlier peoples. So if you have a ploy, use itagainst Me now! On that Day, woe to the deniers!(Surat al-Mursalat: 34-40)

Believers, however, will have an easy reckoning. Theywill be safe from the terror of that day. Being removed farfrom the punishment of the Fire, they will gain the blessingsof Paradise.

Even a disbelieving person must recognize it to be certainthat he will meet that Day. It is meaningless to say, "I won'tmeet that day because I don't believe it is possible." Even if hewere not to believe it at all, he must at least give it thepossibility of a fifty-fifty chance. Once the terrors of the Dayof Resurrection and the torment in Hell are considered, onemust fear and strive to escape it, even if the probability of itsexistence were only one percent.

Moreover, every hour that passes bring us closer to death,the end of the world, and the day we will be questioned. Thisis the inevitable end for all. Never forget the day when thedeniers will regretfully "wish that they had been Muslims."(Surat al-Hijr: 2) Of such people, Allah says:

So taste it. Because you forgot the meeting of thisDay, We have forgotten you. Taste the punishmentof eternal timelessness for what you did. (Surat as-Sajda: 14)

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NEVER FORGET THAT THEABODE OF DISBELIEVERS IS

HELL, THE PLACE OFETERNAL PUNISHMENT

...I shall fill up Hell entirely with jinn andhuman beings. (Surat as-Sajda: 13)

H ell is the place of eternal punishment for thosewho deny Allah, spending their lives inambivalence. The truth is that this world to which

those who do not believe in the hereafter are excessivelyattached will surely vanish, while Hell will last forever. The"Companions of the Fire" will remain in it for all eternity. Asa punishment that they will never be able to escape from, itwill be unlike any other punishment:

That Day no one will punish as He punishes. (Suratal-Fajr: 25)

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spare and does not ease up, ceaselessly scorching theflesh. (Surat al-Muddaththir: 27-29)

Some people hold to the superstition that they will enterParadise after remaining in Hell for a certain time. Thedreadful reality about Hell, however, is that the punishmentthere will never cease, and that there will never be a way outof it. The Qur'an makes it clear that it is a serious mistake tohold to such a superstition:

They say, "The Fire will only touch us for a numberof days." Say, "Have you made a contract withAllah—then Allah will not break His contract—orare you rather saying about Allah what you do notknow?" No indeed! Those who accumulate badactions and are surrounded by their mistakes, suchpeople are the Companions of the Fire, remaining init timelessly, for ever; whereas those who believeand do right actions, such people are theCompanions of Paradise, remaining in it timelessly,for ever. (Surat al-Baqara: 80-82)

Hell lies in wait—a homecoming for the profligateremaining in it for countless aeons, (Surat an-Naba' :21-23)

Unless willed by Allah, it is impossible to leave Hell.Once the evildoers enter Hell, its doors will be closed for alleternity, and fire will cover them from everywhere:

Those who reject Our signs, they are theCompanions of the Left. Above them is a sealedvault of Fire. (Surat al-Balad: 19-20)

The Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) also states that there isno death for the inmates of Hell:

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Allah would admit the inmates of Paradise into Paradise and

the inmates of Hell into Hell. Then the announcer would stand

between them and say: 0 inmates of Paradise, there is no death

for you, 0 inmates of Hell, there is no death for you. You would

live for ever therein. (Muslim)

Never forget that every individual who spends thelimited time granted to him in this world carelessly willearn Hell, where its fire will engulf him for all eternity.

It is difficult to even grasp the severity of the tormentbeyond the sealed doors. From the Qur'anic account, weunderstand that Hell is a confined, noisy, gloomy and smokyplace. Hell is the final destination, a place of torment, whereheat overwhelms every cell of its inmates, and wheredisgusting food and drinks are consumed. Every moment inHell is filled with unfathomable pain. The Inhabitants of Hellwill see the most dreadful and abominable images; they willhear the most horrifying and distressing sounds, loud noises,screams, moans and cries. They will perceive the mostoffensive odours; taste the worst and most acrid flavours.Their bodies will be scorched from head to foot.

The faces of the people in Hell will be engulfed by fire;boiling water will be poured over their heads. And, they willbe branded on their sides and their backs. With no rest orrelief, the agony will last for all eternity.

A scorching blaze will engulf the inhabitants of Fire.Descriptions in the Qur'an provide a clear picture of theseverity of the punishment inflicted on the inhabitants of theFire; garments of flame will be cut out for them (Surat al-Hajj:19) and they will wear shirts of tar (Surah Ibrahim: 50). Everytime their skins are burned off, their bodies will be replacedwith new skins (Surat an-Nisa': 56) so that they can

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constantly taste the unrelenting pain of fire. They will bechained and whipped. Hands tied to their necks, they will becast into the core of Hell. (Surat al-Furqan: 13) They will lie inbeds of Hell-fire covered in a linen of fire.

They will cry out and beg for relief, but to no avail; therewill be none around to answer.

They will ask for the alleviation of the punishment, evenonly for a day, but their request will be answered withhumiliation and more torment.

The roaring of the Fire is so great that it can be heard fromvery far away. The companions of Hell will be flung into theraging Fire (Surat al-Ma'arij: 15), which blazes fiercely (Suratal-Layl: 14), and burned as they shriek and cry.

Remember how it hurts when you burn even just yourfingertip. So never forget to avoid a misdeed that couldlead to enter such a place where the punishment of fire isso severe.

In this permanent abode, people will of course feelhunger and thirst. However, in return for their ingratitudeand their wrongdoings, they will be repaid with fruits of thebitter thorn (Surat al-Ghashiyya: 6) and the tree of Zaqqum.They will not taste any drink, except for boiling water andscalding pus. They will gag (Surat al-Muzzammil: 13), unableto swallow their food or drink (Surat an-Naba': 24-25), whichwill neither nourish nor satisfy them. (Surat al-Ghashiyya: 7)

All their efforts to escape the Fire will prove useless; oncethey will have entered it, there will be no return. Throughthis unbearable punishment, they will cry out for their owndestruction. However, in Hell, one will neither die nor live;death will surround him from all sides but he will not die.

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(Surah Ibrahim: 17) The people of Hell will only sufferbecause of what they had earned. There will be no mercy forthem, nor any alleviation of their pain.

The Hellfire does not kill, but causes intense pain. Awarenow that this agony will last for all eternity, the people ofHell will realize how desperate, hopeless and defeated theyare. Meanwhile, the faces of the arrogant and boastful, whichthey had so adored in this world, will be in flames. And, theface is the part of the body where pain is felt most severelybecause it is where all the sense organs intersect:

They will say on the Day their faces are rolled overin the Fire, "If only we had obeyed Allah and obeyedthe Messenger!" (Surat al-Ahzab: 66)

The Fire will sear their faces, making them grimacehorribly in it, their lips drawn back from their teeth.(Surat al-Muminun: 104)

If you do not want your face to be covered in fire, neverforget the reason behind your existence in this world, andthat you will definitely encounter Hell, unless you earnAllah's good pleasure.

Apart from physical torment, the people of Hell will alsowrithe in spiritual anguish; that is, they will be abased,humiliated and disgraced. They will be consumed withfeelings of regret, helplessness and hopelessness. Thearrogant who are too proud to worship their Lord in thisworld will enter Hell abject. Humiliated and ashamed, theywill be unable to keep their heads up:

On the Day that they are dragged face-first into theFire: "Taste the scorching touch of Saqar!" (Surat al-Qamar: 48)

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Seize him and drag him bodily into the middle ofthe Blazing Fire. Then pour the punishment ofboiling water on his head. Taste that! You are themighty one, the noble one! This is the very thing youused to doubt. (Surat ad-Dukhan: 47-50)

The Day they are shoved roughly into the Fire ofHell. (Surat at-Tur: 13)

As Allah states in another verse, "…they will be bundledinto it head first, they and the misled." (Surat ash-Shu'ara':94)

On that day, each one of them will admit theirwrongdoing. As the Qur'an conveys to us, their words willbe: "If only we had really listened and used our intellect,we would not have been Companions of the Blaze." (Suratal-Mulk : 10), "Oh! If only we could be sent back again, wewould not deny the Signs of our Lord and we would beamong the believers." (Surat al-An'am: 27), and "If only wehad obeyed Allah and obeyed the Messenger!" (Surat al-Ahzab: 66). On that day they will denounce one another.

They will ask for water and food from the people ofParadise, but it will all be forbidden to them:

If they call for help, they will be helped with waterlike seething molten brass, frying their faces. (Suratal-Kahf: 29)

They will shout out, "Our Lord! Take us out! We will actrightly, differently from the way we used to act!" (SurahFatir: 37) But all such efforts will be futile. It will be of no helpto them, and their bitter fate will never be altered.

Therefore, always remember the verse, "Respond toyour Lord before a Day comes from Allah which

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cannot be turned back. On that Day you will have nohiding-place and no means of denial." (Surat ash-Shura: 47)

Never forget that Allah, Who decides between peoplewith justice, has sent a warner to all of humanity, includingyou, and has granted every one enough time to take heed.Therefore, in the hereafter, there will be no one to help thosewho are referred to in the Qur'an as "wrongdoers." (SurahFatir: 37) The truth, absolutely, is that no one will be requitedexcept for what he earned in this world:

Then it will be said to those who did wrong, "Tastethe punishment of eternity! Have you been repaidfor anything other than what you earned?" (SurahYunus: 52)

This is Hell of which Allah warns His servants in variousways. No one on the face of the earth can claim that he hasnot been warned about the eternal punishment of Hell. Allahdescribes the bitter regret the people will feel on that day:

…and that Day Hell is produced, that Day man willremember; but how will the remembrance helphim? He will say, "Oh! If only I had prepared inadvance for this life of mine!" (Surat al-Fajr: 23-24)

Never forget that on that day, heeding the warnings youreceived in this world will be of no help to you, and it willbe impossible to get out of Hell, not after a year, a thousandyears, a billion years, trillions of years, nor even all eternity.

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ENTER PARADISE, THEPLACE OF REWARDS

And Paradise will be brought up close to therighteous, not far away: "This is what you werepromised. It is for every careful penitent: those

who fear the All Merciful in the Unseen andcome with a contrite heart. Enter it in peace.

This is the Day of Timeless Eternity." (Surah Qaf: 31-34)

T hose who deserve "the best homecoming in thepresence of Allah," as defined in the Qur'an, theirBook, in which everything they did in this world is

recorded, will be handed to them from their right hand, andthey will feel no difficulty in accounting for their deeds. Fromthen on, they will be in a life of bliss. Believers are given theglad tidings of this pleasant state in many verses of the Qur'an:

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family joyfully. (Surat al-Inshiqaq: 7-9)

As for him who is given his Book in his right hand,he will say, "Here, come and read my Book! Icounted on meeting my Reckoning." He will have avery pleasant life in an elevated Garden. (Surat al-Haqqa: 19-22)

Believers who will have earned this future life will bewelcomed by angels with the words, "Peace be upon you!You have done well so enter it timelessly, for ever." (Surataz-Zumar: 73) Then they will be led to Paradise in companiesand will enter it in peace and security:

…such people will be repaid for their steadfastnesswith the Highest Paradise, where they will meetwith welcome and with "Peace." They will remain init timelessly, for ever. What an excellent lodging andabode! (Surat al-Furqan: 75-76)

Remember that you can earn a similar welcome andenter the abode of bliss and joy only if you have anunswerving faith in the hereafter, fear Allah and the Day ofAccount, and perform good deeds. Allah informs us in theQur'an that people of Paradise will say the following:

"Truly We fear from our Lord a glowering,calamitous Day." So Allah has safeguarded themfrom the evil of that Day and has made them meetwith radiance and pure joy. (Surat al-Insan: 10-11)

A superb vista of lakes, rivers, and lush greenery is thesort of Paradise people imagine. However, Paradise is notlimited to these qualities alone. Paradise is the eternalresidence of believers, and is resplendent in ultimate beautyand the most sublime blessings, beyond what we could everimagine or wish for. We form a mental picture of Paradise

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based on what we know in this world; but any notion that wemay gain about Paradise from what we know in this world isinevitably inadequate; we can only derive certain hints bywhich to paint a general picture. We will only be able tocomprehend the real nature of Paradise once we haveentered it. Indeed, a verse draws our attention to this fact asthe following manner:

No soul knows the delight that is hidden away for itin recompense for what it used to do. (Surat as-Sajda: 17)

Whatever pleases you in this world exists in Paradise, inits best and most perfect state. Paradise, an abode ofnumberless blessings, includes everything a man can desireand take pleasure from. In a verse of the Qur'an, Allahdescribes Paradise in the following manner:

Seeing them, you see delight and a great kingdom.(Surat al-Insan: 20)

In one of his sayings, Allah's Messenger, the ProphetMuhammad (pbuh) described Paradise as follows:

When the dwellers of Paradise enter Paradise, an announcerwill call: (you have a promise from Allah that) you will livetherein and you will never die; you will stay healthy thereinand you will never fall ill; you will stay young and you willnever become old; you will be under a constant bliss and youwill never feel miserable. (Muslim)

Believers in Paradise will be offered many types of foodand drink. (Surat al-Mursalat: 43) Allah will provide themwith any kind of fruit and meat, (Surat at-Tur: 22) and anymeat of fowl they desire. (Surat al-Waqi'a: 21) Furthermore,this sustenance will never run out. (Surah Sâd: 54) TheQur'an describes that gardens of deep viridian green (Surat

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ar-Rahman: 64) will have rivers flowing underneath, andtheir foodstuffs and cool shade will abide forever. (Surat ar-Ra'd: 35) The fruit-laden branches of trees in these gardenswill have ripe fruit hanging ready to be picked. (Surat al-Insan: 14) (Surat al-Waqi'a: 28-29) And, gushing water andsprings are other natural features referred to about Paradisein the Qur'an. (Surat ar-Rahman: 66)

There will also be rivers of water which will ever remainpure, and rivers of milk whose taste will never change, andrivers of honey of undiluted purity, delightful to all who drinkit. (Surah Muhammad: 15) While some of the blessings ofParadise will resemble those in this world, others will consist ofan entirely unknown nature. (Surat ar-Rahman: 48) Numberlessfavours and unimaginable splendour awaits believers inParadise as proclaimed in the verse 22 of Surat ash-Shura.

Believers will live in splendid dwellings in Paradise(Surat at-Tawba: 72), and will recline on sumptuous couchesof brocade (Surat al-Waqi'a: 15-16). Other blessings thatbelievers are promised are as follows:

Vessels of silver and goblets of pure crystal will bepassed round among them. (Surat al-Insan: 15)

And (Allah) will reward them for their steadfastnesswith a Garden and with silk. (Surat al-Insan: 12)

They will wear green garments of fine silk and richbrocade. They will be adorned with silverbracelets... (Surat al-Insan: 21)

Certainly, enjoying the company of our loved-ones is oneof the favours of this world. Believers take great pleasure inspending time with their brothers and sisters who are trulydevoted to Allah. Therefore, the thought of being together

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again with them in Paradise is a great source of motivationfor believers, who are, by nature of their faith, inclined to thissentiment. However, this companionship is not limited to amere few years, as is in the case of this life. Rather, it isdestined to last for all eternity:

Gardens of Eden which they will enter, and all oftheir parents, wives and children who wererighteous. Angels will enter in to welcome themfrom every gate: "Peace be upon you because of yoursteadfastness! How wonderful is the UltimateAbode!" (Surat ar-Ra'd: 23-24)

In Paradise, believers will also be with spouses who theythemselves desire. As is stated in the Qur'an, "in them theywill have spouses of perfect purity..." (Surat an-Nisa': 57).Purified of any worldly imperfection, spouses in Paradisewill be created differently:

We have created (their Companions) of specialcreation. (Surat al-Waqi'a: 35).

The people of Paradise will take up their timeenjoying themselves, reclining on couches in theshade with their spouses. (Surah Ya Sin: 55-56)

Allah, Who grants many favours to His servants inParadise, will create everything in such a way as to offerultimate pleasure. Allah will reward His servants by creatingfor them anything they desire. The following verse makesclear that there will be no limits to these favours in Paradise:

They will have there everything they want and withUs there is still more. (Surah Qaf: 35)

To ensure that people long for Paradise and seek Hisgood pleasure, Allah has made this world imperfect. In this

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world, which is created with far fewer blessings than thereare in Paradise, everything comes to an end. The imperfectnature of this world is not limited to death alone; as a trialinflicted on disbelievers by Allah, they enjoy things onlybriefly, as they quickly become bored with even with the bestthings in this life. Paradise, however, is a place where onewill never be able to tire of the enjoyment of its blessings. Noweariness or fatigue, though, will come upon the believers,both in Paradise and in this world. (Surah Fatir: 35)

But, never forget that far greater than these blessings,the utmost benefit of Paradise, is the good pleasure ofAllah. For believers, no material gain can bring greaterpleasure than earning Allah's good pleasure. As is stated inthe Qur'an, "...Allah's good pleasure is even greater...".(Surat at-Tawba: 72)

What makes the pleasures of Paradise so supreme is thatthey are given as a result of the good pleasure of Allah. Allahhas been pleased with the deeds of those whom Heconsidered worthy to enter Paradise, forgiven their errors,and placed them in the most beautiful abode, where they willenjoy a blissful life for all eternity. The good news of Paradiseis given in the Qur'an as follows:

O self at rest and at peace, return to your Lord, well-pleasing and well-pleased! Enter among Myservants! Enter My Paradise. (Surat al-Fajr: 27-30)

This is Allah's promise to those who please Him. Neverforget, only those who know that this world is a test, heed thewarnings from Allah, follow their consciences, and try toearn Allah's good pleasure attain this good end.

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Call on your Lord humbly and secretly. He doesnot love those who overstep the limits. Do not

corrupt the earth after it has been put right. Callon Him fearfully and eagerly. Allah's mercy isclose to the good-doers. (Surat al-A'raf: 55-56)

N ever forget that Allah is the Lord of all ofhumanity, including yourself, and that He is youronly friend and helper. Therefore, never forget

that when you ask for anything, ask it first from Him. Prayer is one of the most important acts of worship to

draw us nearer to Allah. By their very nature, all people feelthe need to perform this act of worship. However, while it isa necessary and desirable part of believers' lives, adisbeliever resorts to it only in times of distress. The lattermay not be accepted by Allah, since what is mostcommendable is to ask help from Allah both in times of easeas in difficulty, that is, in every moment of our lives. That is

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because, the one who prays to Allah is the person whoacknowledges his weakness in Allah's sight, and his inabilityof accomplishing anything unless it is by His Will.

Prayer is accompanied by submission to Allah. One whoprays attributes all outcomes, whether easy or trying, to theCreator and Ruler of the universe. The acknowledgment thatthe solution of a problem, or the prevention of an undesirablecircumstance, rests with Almighty Allah, is a source of reliefand confidence for a believer. For, praying only to Allah, andtaking Him as one's sole friend, instils a sense of security in abeliever.

However, we need here to point to a commonmisconception: praying to Allah alone does not mean to sit-back, wait, and do nothing. A person must feel confident inthe fact that Allah holds every event in His control. As well,he must be meticulous in employing the means Allah hasshown as solutions. One who sincerely prays to Allah mustalso perform "prayers of action" in compliance with the rulesestablished by Allah. What we mean by "prayers of action"here, is doing one's utmost to attain a desirable result. Forinstance, exploiting all forms of medical care is a form of"prayer by action" exercised by a sick person in order torecover from his illness. Offering one's prayers to Allah forrecovery is a form of verbal prayer. Therefore, prayer byaction is a fundamental act of worship that must alwaysaccompany verbal prayer.

While praying, never forget to be sincere and to turntowards Allah with a deep feeling of humility in yourheart. Allah is nearer to man than his jugular vein. He knows

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and hears everything. Prayer is the easiest way to reach Him.Not a single thought that crosses your mind can be keptconcealed from His knowledge. Although this is the case,many nevertheless are unaware that Allah has knowledge ofeveryone's prayers and wishes. They think that Allah onlylistens to some of their prayers, or that even if He hears, thatHe does not answer. (Surely Allah is far above what theyattribute to him). This reasoning of theirs is flawed. Allahknows our innermost thoughts, every word we may utter,and He answers them all. Allah draws our attention to thisfact in the Qur'an as follows:

If My servants ask you about Me, I am near. I answerthe call of the caller when he calls on Me. Theyshould therefore respond to Me and believe in Meso that hopefully they will be rightly guided. (Suratal-Baqara: 186)

Therefore, never forget that if we want something weneed only to ask it from Allah. Reaching our Lord is thateasy.

Man is impetuous by nature, a fact which is also stressedin the verse, "Man was created hasty. I will show you MySigns so do not try to hasten Me." (Surat al-Anbiya': 37) Thishastiness may sometimes reveal itself in his prayers too. As isstated earlier, man always expects an immediate answer tohis prayers.

However, we must bear in mind that it is Allah Whoknows what is good for us. We are informed about this in theQur'an, "it may be that you hate something when it is goodfor you and it may be that you love something when it is

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bad for you. Allah knows and you do not know." (Surat al-Baqara: 216) This is why, when a person asks for somethingfrom his Creator, he must be pleased with Him, whatever theoutcome, being aware that the decision rests with Allahalone. Not everything you wish for may be good for you.Therefore, Allah answers the prayer, not in the way wenecessarily expect, but in the way deemed by Him to be mostjust. It may well be that, in order for you to grow in wisdom,Allah may prepare your character otherwise until it is timefor you to do so. It may also be that Allah will replace yourwish with something still better, but is testing your patienceand faithfulness.

The Prophet Muhammad's advice to believers as to howto pray to Allah is a very good example of how a believermust behave:

When one of you contemplates entering upon an enterprise, lethim supplicate: O Allah, I consult You through YourKnowledge, and I seek strength through Your Power, and askof Your Great Bounty; for You are Capable whereas I am notand, You know and I do not, and You are the Knower of hiddenthings. O Allah, if You know that this matter is good for me inrespect of my Religion, my livelihood and the consequences ofmy affairs, then ordain it for me, make it easy for me, and blessit for me. But if You know this matter to be bad for myReligion, my livelihood or the consequences of my affairs, thenturn it away from me, and turn me away from it, and grant mepower to do good whatever it may be, and cause me to becontented with it. (Bukhari and Muslim)

Indeed, Allah recommends us to be steadfast in prayer:

Seek help in steadfastness and prayer. But that is a

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very hard thing, except for the humble. (Surat al-Baqara: 45)

Do not forget that perseverance in prayer purifies abeliever, and endows him with strength of will andcharacter. As an answer to his prayers, a believer attains adeeper spiritual state, which is more valuable thananything else he could ask for.

However, those who do not regard Allah in a manner dueHim harbour doubts in their hearts, falsely assuming thattheir prayers have gone unanswered. A believer, however,feels certain that Allah hears his prayers, and that, in someway, He answers them. He is fully aware that nothing isoutside of His control, and that everything occurs accordingto a specific predetermined fate. Therefore, he feels no doubtthat his prayer will be answered. Never forget to offer yourprayers to Allah without doubting in securing Allah's help,knowing that your call will certainly be answered.Regardless of the situation, trust in the Lord, because Allahwants His servants to be near to Him. It is so easy for Allah,Who created you from a drop of fluid and created theuniverse from non-existence, to answer your prayers. Hence,all you have to do is to ask with faith and patience.

Prayer is a special bond between man and Allah. Aperson shares all his troubles and wishes with Allah; hepleads Him. Allah, Who hears every call, never leaves itunanswered. This is why the Qur'an does not specify merelyone way of worship. The Qur'an urges man to "rememberAllah standing, sitting and lying on your sides" (Surat an-Nisa': 103), which means that one can bring Allah to mindand pray to Him at any time and under all conditions,

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without necessarily performing any particular ritual orceremony. That is because, what matters is not the outwardperformance but one's sincerity...

This aside, a particular place does not necessarily need tobe assigned for prayer. Remember that you can pray in theshopping mall, on the street, in the car, at school, at work,that is, anywhere. All you have to do is to free your mindfrom idle thoughts and feel Allah's nearness to you.

Never forget that a life without prayer is meagre in thesight of Allah. As the 77th verse of the Surat al-Furqan reads,"What has My Lord to do with you if you do not call onHim?" Being conscious of one's subjection makes a persondear in the sight of Allah. Therefore, man must turn to hisCreator, admit his shortcomings to Him, and seek help onlyfrom Him. Any other comportment would mean showingarrogance to Allah, and to incur an eternal punishment inHell.

Never forget that Allah is the Most Merciful. Anyonewho does evil and then asks for forgiveness will find AllahEver-Forgiving, Most Merciful. (Surat an-Nisa':110) Hence,remember that Allah is the Most Merciful and the Ever-Forgiving, and pray to Him in hope.

No matter how serious the error you may havecommitted, and are in deeply remorse over it, it is not areason for you to despair of Allah's forgiveness. Thus, nomatter how guilty a person feels, he can always expect to findhis Lord forgiving. In fact, the Qur'an informs us that it isonly disbelievers who despair of Allah's mercy:

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...Do not despair of solace from Allah. No onedespairs of solace from Allah except for people whoare disbelievers. (Surah Yusuf: 87)

On the other hand, never forget that no one canguarantee that he is worthy of Paradise. No one is safe fromthe punishment of his Lord. This is why, when calling onAllah, a person must hope for Allah's mercy, but also be infear of losing His good pleasure.

Just as how eagerly he prays to attain Paradise, so musthe for avoidance of Hell. In other words, through fear of Hell,he hopes to attain Paradise. One who grasps Allah'sgreatness, fears His punishment, and desires to earn Hisgood pleasure, will turn to Him with heartfelt sincerity andhonesty. In a like manner, one who submits himself to Allah,and takes Him as his only friend and helper, will admit hisstruggles and distress to Him. As is in the case of the ProphetYa'qub, who said "I make complaint about my grief andsorrow to Allah alone," (Surah Yusuf: 86), he will admit hissufferings and requests to Allah, and ask for help and goodfrom Him alone.

Also remember that praying merely for the blessings ofthis world is a form of insincerity. The true goal of believersis Paradise. Allah grants the blessings of this world to thosewho desire them alone. Yet, it is not likely for them to attainthe glorious recompense of the hereafter. As is stated in theQur'an:

...There are some people who say, "Our Lord, give usgood in the world." They will have no share in thehereafter. And there are others who say, "Our Lord,

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give us good in the world, and good in the hereafter,and safeguard us from the punishment of the Fire."They will have a good share from what they haveearned. Allah is swift at reckoning. (Surat al-Baqara:200-202)

In times of difficulty, the ignorant withdraw themselvesand turn to Allah in prayer. Though, when relieved, theyimmediately lapse back into their former state ofheedlessness, as if they had never called on Allah. That is,they turn to Allah as the "last resort." This ungrateful attitudeis related in the Qur'an as follows:

When harm touches man, he calls on Us, lying on hisside or sitting down or standing up. Then when Weremove the harm from him he carries on as if he hadnever called on Us when the harm first touched him.In that way We make what they have done appeargood to the profligate. (Surah Yunus: 12)

It is He Who conveys you on both land and sea sothat when some of you are on a boat, running beforea fair wind, rejoicing at it, and then a violent squallcomes upon them and the waves come at them fromevery side and they realize there is no way of escape,they call on Allah, making their religion sincerelyHis: "If You rescue us from this, we will truly beamong the thankful." But then, when He does rescuethem, they become rebellious in the earth withoutany right to do so. Mankind, your rebelliousness isonly against yourselves. There is the enjoyment ofthe life of this world and then you will return to Usand We will inform you about what you did. (Surah

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Yunus: 22-23)

Actually, not a single moment passes in which man is notin need of his Lord... So, never forget to call on your Lord"…humbly and fearfully, without loudness of voice,morning and evening" (Surat al-A'raf: 55, 205). Rememberthat the end of those who fail to offer their prayers to Allahwill be the eternal torment in Hell:

Your Lord says, "Call on Me and I will answer you.Those who are too proud to worship Me will enterHell abject." (Surah Ghafir: 60)

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ALLAH

...You are not to blame for any honest mistakeyou make but only for what your hearts

premeditate. Allah is Ever-Forgiving, MostMerciful. (Surat al-Ahzab: 5)

R eligion is founded on the basis of fear of Allah.Only those who fear Allah in the way He shouldcan be sincerely devout. That is because, as the

Qur'an informs us, sincerity is the disposition of those peoplewho feel a strong fear for Allah, and engage only in deedswith which He would be pleased. Nothing can daunt asincere believer from his actual goal; he diligently avoids thedeeds he would not be able to account for on the Day ofJudgment. In one verse of the Qur'an, Allah has drawnattention to this best of approaches:

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who founds his building on the brink of acrumbling precipice so that it collapses with himinto the Fire of Hell? Allah does not lovewrongdoers. (Surat at-Tawba: 109)

The Qur'an describes a believer, not as a person whonever commits mistakes, but as someone who does, butimmediately repents and asks for Allah's forgiveness. Forevery moment of his life, a believer who fears Allah seeks toadopt the best manner and behaviour. Though he may falteror make mistakes from time to time; sometimes insignificant,sometimes major The Qur'an gives many mistakescommitted by believers. What is important, however, is toresolve not to repeat the mistake, and to sincerely give it uponce and for all. As a matter of fact, it is impossible for aperson not to err during his lifetime once after he hasembraced the religion; the world is a place of trial andpreparation. Furthermore, each mistake he commits adds toa believer's awareness of his weaknesses before Allah. Allahhas promised to forgive those who sincerely repent for theirwrongdoing and make amends for their errors.

Islam affords the greatest ease and liberty. However,because mistakes incur various unfavourable reactions fromsociety, the majority of people conduct themselves incompliance with the criteria laid down by it. In societies ofignorance, people tend not to forgive someone even if thatperson redresses his mistakes. That mistake becomespermanent scar on that person's reputation. It is these societalmores that urge ignorant people into insincerity. He may seekto exalt himself in the eyes of people through fraudulentmeans. The opinions of others continually occupy his mind.

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The only true relief from such distress is to be sincere andhonest with Allah, since it is only His religion that dispelsthose concerns regarding the judgments and opinions ofothers. It is again His religion that keeps believers away fromany attitude that corrupts their sincerity and honesty:

Those who, when they act indecently or wrongthemselves, remember Allah and ask forgiveness fortheir bad actions—for who can forgive bad actionsexcept Allah?—and do not knowingly persist inwhat they were doing. (Surah Al 'Imran: 135)

As the Prophet (pbuh) said, "the religion is sincerity andgood will." (Muslim) One can be sincere only if he follows hisconscience and keeps his mind occupied with the fact thatAllah sees him in everything he does. Never forget thatconducting yourself according to the opinions and desiresof others will deviate you from the truth. Any comportmentaimed to earn people's consent will impair one's sincerity. Onthe other hand, being aware that Allah watches His servantsat every moment, and acting in compliance with the laws ofthe Qur'an, fosters sincerity.

Never forget that fearing nobody but Allah ensures truehonesty. Satan leads man to become insincere by whisperingto him false fears of public humiliation, or of sufferinginjustice or harm. This is a grave misconception since whatreally matters is Allah's good pleasure and forgiveness; it isAllah Who punishes or rewards man, both in this world andbeyond. Everyone makes mistakes. Therefore, what reallymatters is to sincerely ask for forgiveness from Allah, and notto repeat that mistake once it has been recognized. One's

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attention to seeking redress for his mistakes reveals hissincerity. Since no man is faultless, the most honoured amongmen is he who is the most sincere and the most honesttowards Allah. Allah has stated the following:

Your Lord knows best what is in your selves. If youare true believers, He is Ever-Forgiving to theremorseful. (Surat al-Isra': 25)

Every time a sincere person makes a mistake, heremembers his weakness before Allah and turns to Him,because he knows it is not people who can forgive, but Allah.In other words, when making a mistake, a believer repentswith sincerity and doesn't concern himself over what peoplethink. Those who try to please others and concern themselveswith their opinions tend to make mistakes more oftenbecause of their effort to conceal them. The truth is, however,even if they can deceive others, Allah knows everything.Remember that dishonest and insincere people ultimatelyinflict the heaviest loss only on their own souls.

Allah imposes no burden on a person greater than he canbear. Furthermore, He has promised to forgive His sincereservants, provided their wrongdoing is committed bymistake. These are glad tidings that Allah gives to believers:

Allah does not impose on any self any more than itcan stand. For it is what it has earned; against it,what it has merited. "Our Lord, do not take us to taskif we forget or make a mistake! Our Lord, do notplace on us a load like the one You placed on thosebefore us! Our Lord, do not place on us a load wehave not the strength to bear! And pardon us; andforgive us; and have mercy on us. You are our

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Master, so help us against the people of thedisbelievers." (Surat al-Baqara: 286)

Also remember that it is only Allah to Whom a personmust be dedicated with true sincerity. A person may beignorant; he may also be unknowledgeable of things he mustdo to please Allah. However, Allah will surely guide to thestraight path those who truly desire to turn to Him. What isimportant is to be sincerely devoted to the Lord. Allah hasgiven the good news that whoever is submissive to Him willnot suffer loss:

Those who submit themselves completely to Allahand do good have grasped the Firmest Handhold.The end result of all affairs is with Allah. (SurahLuqman: 22)

So, never ignore the countless reminders you receive,and never forget that the one and only way to attainsalvation, both in this world and beyond, is to turn to Allahwith a sincere heart.

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But to those who do evil in ignorance and thenafter that repent and put things right, to themyour Lord is Ever-Forgiving, Most Merciful.

(Surat an-Nahl: 119)

H aving a grasp of the importance of sinceritytowards Allah leads one not to falter in turning toHim, and to repent and seek His forgiveness, no

matter what the wrongdoing may be. This is example ofAllah's infinite mercy, as recounted in the Qur'an:

Anyone who does evil or wrongs himself and thenasks Allah's forgiveness will find Allah Ever-Forgiving, Most Merciful. (Surat an-Nisa': 110)

Allah grants His servants the opportunity to makeamends for any wrongdoing. In Allah's sight, what matters isnot the significance or insignificance of the wrongdoing, but

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one's sincerity. This is certainly a great mercy bestowed uponbelievers:

Those who, when they act indecently or wrongthemselves, remember Allah and ask forgiveness fortheir bad actions—for who can forgive bad actionsexcept Allah?—and do not knowingly persist inwhat they were doing. (Surah Al 'Imran: 135)

Believers must acknowledge that no matter how serious amistake may be—even the greatest offence one couldpossibly imagine, turning to Allah with a sincere repentancewill relieve that person of his burden. As the ProphetMuhammad (pbuh) said:

If anyone constantly seeks pardon (from Allah), Allah willappoint for him a way out of every distress and a relief fromevery anxiety, and will provide sustenance for him from wherehe expects not.(Abu Dawud)

It may well be that a person had disbelieved all throughhis life, until that very moment. He may have pursued onlyhis whims and desires. However, in return for one'srepentance for his wrongdoings, following a firm and sincereresolve never to commit the same error again, one can alwayshope for Allah's forgiveness. Remember that to enjoy therelief from the burden of the offences committed againstAllah only takes a moment through sincere repentance andis the only way to salvation. Basically, a person needs to onlykeep his promise to Allah and be sincere to Him:

Allah only accepts the repentance of those who doevil in ignorance and then quickly make repentanceafter doing it. Allah turns towards such people.Allah is All-Knowing, All-Wise. There is no

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repentance for people who persist in doing evil untildeath comes to them and who then say, "Now I makerepentance," nor for people who die disbelievers.We have prepared for them a painful punishment.(Surat an-Nisa': 17-18)

No matter what the sin may be, never forget to turn toAllah in repentance. Keeping in mind that death may comeupon you at any moment, bringing to a sudden end anyfurther opportunity to repent, ask for forgiveness now.

Certainly, it is difficult except for the humble (Surat al-Baqara: 45); but remember that such people will enter Hellabjectly (Surah Ghafir: 60), and be dragged face-first into theFire (Surat al-Qamar: 48). On that day they will be bannedfrom the presence of their Lord; Allah will neither speak tothem nor purify them...

Except for those who repent and believe and actrightly: Allah will transform the wrong actions ofsuch people into good—Allah is Ever-Forgiving,Most Merciful—for certainly all who makerepentance and act rightly have turned sincerelytowards Allah. (Surat al-Furqan: 70-71)

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And remind them, for truly the believers benefitfrom being reminded. (Surat adh-Dhariyat: 55)

I n the life of this world, Allah grants people a life longenough to take lessons from the many reminders Heoffers them. Essentially, there are many things that

happen to a person in the course of his life that are to beregarded as reminders. For example, deaths being reportedin the news or those we witness ourselves, should be taken aswarnings. By these examples, Allah reminds us that we toomay also meet our deaths at any moment. Likewise, physicalweaknesses we cannot forestall are also reminders from ourLord. As mentioned earlier, Allah creates these weaknesses inman to make him understand that this world is not worthy ofbeing devoted to. In addition, the loss of certain blessings orsome disaster may also be a reminder from Allah. Though aperson may be very beautiful or wealthy, by the Will of Allah,it may take only an instant for him or her to lose his beautyor possessions.

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Never forget that any of these instances are simplyreminders from Allah to His servants as a mercy, and thatwe must reflect upon them, and proceed along the straightpath to which He summons us. However, as stated in theQur'an, while these reminders benefit believers, they onlyupset those who are arrogant towards Allah:

Remind, then, if the reminder benefits. He who hasfear will be reminded; but the most miserable willshun it. (Surat al-A'la: 9-11)

Again, never forget that Allah has sent the Qur'an tomankind as a guide, a warning and reminder, as stated inthe Qur'an:

We have made things clear in this Qur'an so thatthey might pay heed, but it only makes them runaway the more! (Surat al-Isra': 41)

There are many verses in the Qur'an which relate the factthat many reminders and warnings are given to people.Therefore, whoever ignores and turns away from themdeserves to be punished. This is made clear in the Qur'an asfollows:

As a reminder. We were never unjust. (Surat ash-Shu'ara': 209)

He warned them of Our onslaught but theydismissed the warnings. (Surat al-Qamar: 36)

Never forget that all the reminders you receive areactually coming from Allah. Allah has informed His servants,by way of His messengers and books, about His commands,and has made them know how they may conduct themselvesin order to please Him. Allah has charged believers with the

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task of enjoining the good, forbidding the wrong andreminding of the truth. Therefore, every reminder a believerreceives is important. The Qur'an advises people to enjoin goodand forbid evil and to remind one another of theirresponsibilities. In this manner, Allah's messengers warnedtheir people in order to save them from the eternal torment:

Mankind was a single community. Then Allah sentout Prophets bringing good news and givingwarning, and with them He sent down the Book withtruth to decide between people regarding theirdifferences. Only those who were given it differedabout it, after the Clear Signs had come to them,envying one another. Then, by His permission, Allahguided those who believed to the truth of that aboutwhich they had differed. Allah guides whoever Hewills to a straight path. (Surat al-Baqara: 213)

People of the Book! Our Messenger has come to you,making things clear to you, after a period with noMessengers, lest you should say, "No one came to usbringing good news or warning." Someone has cometo you bringing good news and a warning. Allah haspower over all things. (Surat al-Ma'ida: 19)

The Qur'an repeatedly stresses the importance ofobedience to messengers. That is because, once themessenger clearly conveys the message of the Book and thereligion to his people, there remains no longer any excusethey can make to Allah:

Messengers bringing good news and givingwarning, so that people will have no argumentagainst Allah after the coming of the Messengers.

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Allah is Almighty, All-Wise. (Surat an-Nisa': 165)

Prophet Nuh's summoning his people to the religion,their insistence on rejecting it, and the terrible end theysuffered, are all related in the Qur'an as lessons to be retainedby the generations that followed after them:

We sent Nuh to his people: "Warn your peoplebefore a painful punishment comes to them." Hesaid, "My people, I am a clear warner to you.Worship Allah, heed Him and obey me. He willforgive you your wrong actions and defer you untila specified time. When Allah's time comes it cannotbe deferred, if you only knew." He said, "My Lord, Ihave called my people night and day but my callinghas only made them more evasive. Indeed, everytime I called them to Your forgiveness, they put theirfingers in their ears, wrapped themselves up in theirclothes and were overweeningly arrogant. Then Icalled them openly. Then I addressed them publiclyand addressed them privately. I said, 'Askforgiveness of your Lord. Truly He is EndlesslyForgiving.'" (Surah Nuh: 1-10)

They said, "Nuh, you have argued with us andargued much so bring us what you have promised usif you are telling the truth." He said, "Allah willbring it to you if He wills and you will not be ableto prevent it. My counsel will not benefit you, for allmy desire to counsel you, if Allah desires to lead youinto error. He is your Lord and you will return toHim." Or do they say, "He has invented it"? Say: "If Ihave invented it the crime will be laid at my door,

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but I am innocent of the crimes which you commit."It was revealed to Nuh: "None of your people aregoing to believe except for those who alreadybelieve, so do not be distressed at what they do."(Surah Hud: 32-36)

Another example related in the Qu'ran is that of the tribeof Israel, who failed to heed the reminders sent to them or toredress their wrongdoings. For that reason, their hearts grewhard, and were deprived of compassion:

Allah made a covenant with the tribe of Israel and Weraised up twelve leaders from among them. Allahsaid, "I am with you. If you establish prayer and payalms, and believe in My Messengers and respect andsupport them, and make a generous loan to Allah, Iwill erase your wrong actions from you and admityou into Gardens with rivers flowing under them.Any of you who disbelieve after that have gone astrayfrom the right way." But because of their breaking oftheir covenant, We have cursed them and made theirhearts hard. They distort the true meaning of wordsand have forgotten a good portion of what they werereminded of. You will never cease to come upon someact of treachery on their part, except for a few of them.Yet pardon them, and overlook. Allah loves good-doers. (Surat al-Ma'ida: 12-13)

In the Qur'an, Allah relates of the various methodsemployed by messengers and truthful believers whofollowed them to guide their people to Allah's religion.Important stages in the history of past civilizations arenarrated in the Qur'an, the only guide of the path of truth

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delineated for the human beings, so that the succeedinggenerations could draw lessons:

What are they waiting for but the same fate as thosewho passed away before them? Say: "Wait, I will beamong the people waiting with you." (Surah Yunus:102)

Never forget that these reminders benefit only thosewho fear Allah, whereas those without such fear cannotreflect upon nor draw lessons from them. Allah relates thiscondition of the rejecters as follows:

As for those who are disbelievers, it makes nodifference to them whether you warn them or do notwarn them, they will not believe. Allah has sealedup their hearts and hearing and over their eyes is ablindfold. They will have a terrible punishment.(Surat al-Baqara: 6-7)

To turn away from the warnings of our Lord, and toforget those deeds one has done, is actually "a great wrong."Thus, Allah has obscured their understanding and deprivedthem of His blessings. That is because they are the ones whowill never be guided:

Who could do greater wrong than someone who isreminded of the Signs of his Lord and then turnsaway from them, forgetting all that he has donebefore? We have placed covers on their hearts,preventing them from understanding it, andheaviness in their ears. Though you call them toguidance, they will nonetheless never be guided.(Surat al-Kahf: 57)

Still however, Allah has sent reminders to them by way of

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the Qur'an, in the chance that they may heed them because,the punishment they will face will be beyond what they couldimage. Never forget that the situation of those who insist onnot heeding the reminders of Allah will be as follows:

Then when they forgot what they had beenreminded of, We rescued those who had forbiddenthe evil and seized those who did wrong with aharsh punishment because they were deviators.(Surat al-A'raf: 165)

Allah, Who has made the commandments of the Qur'anobligatory upon us, wishes no difficulty for His servants. Onthe contrary, He makes His servants' lives easy here in thisworld, as well as giving them the glad tidings of Paradise, aninfinitely beautiful abode they will soon enter. Allah, the All-Compassionate and Merciful, also promises to forgive thewrongdoings of His servants who pray to Him. This beingthe case, what is incumbent upon man is to fear Allah and toworship Him as is His due:

Turn to your Lord and submit to Him beforepunishment comes upon you, for then you cannot behelped. Follow the best that has been sent down toyou from your Lord before the punishment comesupon you suddenly when you are not expecting it;lest anyone should say, "Alas for me for neglectingwhat Allah was due, and being one of the scoffers!"(Surat az-Zumar: 54-56)

Actually, whether or not a person heeds these warnings andconducts himself responsibly towards His Creator, or neglectsand forgets every reminder he receives, the fact remains thatwe are all rushing towards that moment when every soul will

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be called to give account of his or her deeds. Allah, Who nevererrs or forgets, will gather all people for reckoning:

...You will be returned to the Knower of the Unseenand the Visible and He will inform you regardingwhat you did. (Surat at-Tawba: 105)

This being the case, never forget that a reminder thatyou hear may be your last warning from your Lord, yourlast chance. If you do not want to suffer the eternal torment,remember that the only way to be saved from punishmentis to repent and to become a true servant to Allah.

Do not be like those who forgot Allah so He madethem forget themselves. Such people are thedeviators. (Surat al-Hashr: 19)

You will remember what I say to you. I consign myaffair completely to Allah. Truly Allah sees Hisservants. (Surah Ghafir: 44)

What you have been reminded of in this book are the factsthat a person who believes in Allah does not have thepermission or opportunity to choose to be neglectful.Because, this is a choice whose outcome will be an eternal lifeeither in Paradise or in Hell. For this reason, a person whofears Allah, and is certain about the hereafter, strictly avoidsanything that is likely to place the outcome of his eternal lifeat risk. For the same reason, he welcomes whatever adviceand reminders that will be beneficial for his life in thehereafter. Being proud or arrogant, on the other hand, areattitudes peculiar to disbelievers. Aware that every reminderis intended to save him from the Fire, a believer reflectshumbly upon them.

Imagining oneself along the ramparts, as mentioned in

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the Qur'an, is the true criteria on which one's sincerity in hisconduct is based. The rampart is the place where a soul—uncertain yet of where it will be placed, although he canactually see Paradise and Hell, respectively—waits to hearAllah's judgment over him. The relevant verses of the Qur'anare as follows:

There will be a dividing wall between them and onthe ramparts there will be men who recognizeeveryone by their mark. They will call out to thepeople of the Garden: "Peace be upon you!" They willnot enter it for all their ardent desire to do so. Whenthey turn their eyes towards the Companions of theFire, they will say, "Our Lord, do not place us with thepeople of the wrongdoers!" (Surat al-A'raf: 46-47)

Image yourself along the ramparts, somewhere betweenParadise and Hell: how could you possibly forget somethinglikely to land you in Hell, while you are there on the brink of it?

By the same token, could you ignore a reminder likely toput at risk your attainment of Paradise, while it is so close?Or, would you become upset when somebody reminds youabout it? Rather, you would feel grateful to the person for thereminder.

This criteria on which sincerity is determined also holdstrue for the scales of justice that will be set up to measure thepeople's deeds on the Day of Judgment. On that day, everysoul will be in need of every good deed on its behalf, even ifit were no more than the weight of a grain. Similarly, he willwant to be far removed from any of his wrongdoings, even ifit were no more than the weight of a grain. The scales will beso sensitive that even the weight of a single grain on one pan

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could make a difference concerning one's after-life. Therefore, enjoining good and forbidding evil,

summoning people to the path of Allah, and warning peopleabout the Day of Judgment, are great blessings for man, whois prone to be forgetful. The reason why the people of Hellare decreed Hell is related in the Qur'an as follows:

Those who took their religion as a diversion and agame, and were deluded by the life of the world.Today We will forget them just as they forgot theencounter of this Day and denied Our Signs. (Suratal-A'raf: 51)

It tends to be that people pay attention most to issues forwhich they will receive some sort of profit. For example, if aperson is offered a huge sum of money if he completes a taskby the end of the day, we can imagine attentively and eagerlyhe will pursue it. Likewise, he would be acutely alert andattentive if he knew his neglect or failure to accomplish thetask would entail severe punishment.

The eagerness of the believers, and their vigilance againstneglect, result from their unswerving faith in the hereafter,and in the existence of Paradise and Hell. This is whybelievers abide by this truth all through their lives, and aredestined eventually enter Paradise "for what they did beforein days gone by." (Surat al-Haqqa: 24)

This being the case, always bear in mind the situationof the people who fearfully wait on the ramparts. Neverforget that that time and place described in the Qur'an aremore certain than the reality in which you are living rightat this moment, and that all reminders made to you are tosummon you to salvation and eternal life in Paradise.

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NEVER FORGET THAT ALLAHCREATED ALL LIVING THINGS

M ost people accept everything they hear fromscientists as strict facts. It does not even occur tothem that scientists may also have various

philosophical or ideological prejudices.However, it is a common misconception; for example,

some evolutionary scientists impose their prejudices andphilosophical views on the public under the guise of science.For instance, although they are aware that random events donot cause anything other than irregularity and confusion, theystill claim that the marvellous order, plan, and design, seenboth in the universe and in living organisms, arose by chance.

For instance, an atheist biologist personally observes theextremely complex structure of a protein molecule. Heknows perfectly well that there is a great design in thiscomplexity, and that it is impossible for this order to havecome into being spontaneously. Nevertheless, he alleges thatprotein, the building block of life, came into existence bychance under primitive conditions on the earth billions ofyears ago. This is an irrational allegation. He does not stop

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there; he also claims, without hesitation, that not only one,but millions of protein molecules formed by chance, andthen, incredibly, came together to create the first living cell.And, he defends his view with a blind stubbornness. Thisperson is an evolutionary scientist.

If the same scientist were to find three bricks resting ontop of one another while walking along a flat road, he wouldnever suppose that these bricks had come together by chanceand then climbed up on top of each other, again by chance.Indeed, anyone who did make such an assertion would beconsidered insane. How then can it be possible that peoplewho are otherwise able to assess ordinary events rationallycan adopt such an irrational theory when it comes to thinkingabout their own existence?

It is not possible to claim that this theory has beenadopted in the name of science: wherever there are twoequally possible alternatives, the scientific approach requirestaking both into consideration. However, not even a singleprotein molecule, let alone a whole cell, could have come intoexistence by chance.

In this case, there is only one possibility left. Life did notcome about by chance; it was brought into being by anintelligence. In other words, it has been created. All livingthings have come into being as a design by Allah, thePossessor of superior knowledge, power and wisdom. This isnot simply a form of belief; it is a common-sense conclusionarrived at logically and scientifically.

So, never forget that it is Allah, our Lord, Who created theuniverse and Who designed it, down to the minutest detail.

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E very detail in this universe points to a superiorcreation. By contrast, materialism, which seeks todeny the fact of creation in the universe, is nothing

but an unscientific fallacy. Once materialism is invalidated, all other theories based

on this philosophy are rendered baseless. Foremost of themis Darwinism, that is, the theory of evolution. This theory,which argues that life originated from inanimate matterthrough coincidences, has been demolished with therecognition that the universe was created by Allah. Americanastrophysicist Hugh Ross explains this as follows:

Atheism, Darwinism, and virtually all the "isms" emanatingfrom the eighteenth to the twentieth century philosophies arebuilt upon the assumption, the incorrect assumption, that theuniverse is infinite. The singularity has brought us face to face

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with the cause – or causer – beyond/behind/before the universe

and all that it contains, including life itself.1

It is Allah Who created the universe and Who designed itdown to its smallest detail. Therefore, it is impossible for thetheory of evolution, which holds that living beings are notcreated by Allah, but are products of coincidences, to be true.

Unsurprisingly, when we look at the theory of evolution,we see that this theory is denounced by scientific findings.The design in life is extremely complex and striking. In theinanimate world, for instance, we can explore how sensitiveare the balances which atoms rest upon, and further, in theanimate world, we can observe in what complex designsthese atoms were brought together, and how extraordinaryare the mechanisms and structures such as proteins,enzymes, and cells, which are manufactured with them.

This extraordinary design in life invalidated Darwinismat the end of the 20th century.

We have dealt with this subject in great detail in some ofour other studies, and shall continue to do so. However, wethink that, considering its importance, it will be helpful tomake a short summary here as well.

The Scientific Collapse of Darwinism

Although a doctrine going back as far as ancient Greece,the theory of evolution was advanced extensively in the 19thcentury. The most important development that made thetheory the top topic of the world of science was the book byCharles Darwin titled The Origin of Species published in1859. In this book, Darwin denied that different living species

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on the earth were created separately by Allah. According toDarwin, all living beings had a common ancestor and theydiversified over time through small changes.

Darwin's theory was not based on any concrete scientificfinding; as he also accepted, it was just an "assumption."Moreover, as Darwin confessed in the long chapter of hisbook titled "Difficulties of the Theory," the theory was failingin the face of many critical questions.

Darwin invested all his hopes in new scientificdiscoveries, which he expected to solve the "Difficulties ofthe Theory." However, contrary to his expectations, scientificfindings expanded the dimensions of these difficulties.

The defeat of Darwinism against science can be reviewedunder three basic topics:

1) The theory can by no means explain how lifeoriginated on the earth.

2) There is no scientific finding showing that the"evolutionary mechanisms" proposed by the theory have anypower to evolve at all.

3) The fossil record proves completely the contrary of thesuggestions of the theory of evolution.

In this section, we will examine these three basic points ingeneral outlines:

The First Insurmountable Step:

The Origin of Life

The theory of evolution posits that all living speciesevolved from a single living cell that emerged on theprimitive earth 3.8 billion years ago. How a single cell couldgenerate millions of complex living species and, if such an

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evolution really occurred, why traces of it cannot beobserved in the fossil record are some of the questions thetheory cannot answer. However, first and foremost, of thefirst step of the alleged evolutionary process it has to beinquired: How did this "first cell" originate?

Since the theory of evolution denies creation and does notaccept any kind of supernatural intervention, it maintainsthat the "first cell" originated coincidentally within the lawsof nature, without any design, plan, or arrangement.According to the theory, inanimate matter must haveproduced a living cell as a result of coincidences. This,however, is a claim inconsistent with even the mostunassailable rules of biology.

"Life Comes from Life"

In his book, Darwin never referred to the origin of life.The primitive understanding of science in his time rested onthe assumption that living beings had a very simplestructure. Since medieval times, spontaneous generation, thetheory asserting that non-living materials came together toform living organisms, had been widely accepted. It wascommonly believed that insects came into being from foodleftovers, and mice from wheat. Interesting experiments wereconducted to prove this theory. Some wheat was placed on adirty piece of cloth, and it was believed that mice wouldoriginate from it after a while.

Similarly, worms developing in meat was assumed to beevidence of spontaneous generation. However, only sometime later was it understood that worms did not appear onmeat spontaneously, but were carried there by flies in the

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form of larvae, invisible to the naked eye. Even in the period when Darwin wrote The Origin of

Species, the belief that bacteria could come into existence fromnon-living matter was widely accepted in the world ofscience.

However, five years after the publication of Darwin'sbook, Louis Pasteur announced his results after long studiesand experiments, which disproved spontaneous generation,a cornerstone of Darwin's theory. In his triumphal lecture atthe Sorbonne in 1864, Pasteur said, "Never will the doctrine ofspontaneous generation recover from the mortal blow struck by thissimple experiment."2

Advocates of the theory of evolution resisted the findingsof Pasteur for a long time. However, as the development ofscience unraveled the complex structure of the cell of a livingbeing, the idea that life could come into being coincidentallyfaced an even greater impasse.

Inconclusive Efforts in the Twentieth Century

The first evolutionist who took up the subject of theorigin of life in the twentieth century was the renownedRussian biologist Alexander Oparin. With various theses headvanced in the 1930's, he tried to prove that the cell of aliving being could originate by coincidence. These studies,however, were doomed to failure, and Oparin had to makethe following confession: "Unfortunately, however, theproblem of the origin of the cell is perhaps the most obscurepoint in the whole study of the evolution of organisms."3

Evolutionist followers of Oparin tried to carry outexperiments to solve the problem of the origin of life. The

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best known of these experiments was carried out byAmerican chemist Stanley Miller in 1953. Combining thegases he alleged to have existed in the primordial earth'satmosphere in an experiment set-up, and adding energy tothe mixture, Miller synthesized several organic molecules(amino acids) present in the structure of proteins.

Barely a few years had passed before it was revealed thatthis experiment, which was then presented as an importantstep in the name of evolution, was invalid, the atmosphereused in the experiment having been very different from realearth conditions.4

After a long silence, Miller confessed that the atmospheremedium he used was unrealistic.5

All the evolutionist efforts put forth throughout thetwentieth century to explain the origin of life ended withfailure. The geochemist Jeffrey Bada from San Diego ScrippsInstitute accepts this fact in an article published in EarthMagazine in 1998:

Today as we leave the twentieth century, we still face thebiggest unsolved problem that we had when we entered thetwentieth century: How did life originate on Earth?6

The Complex Structure of Life

The primary reason why the theory of evolution endedup in such a big impasse about the origin of life is that eventhe living organisms deemed the simplest have incrediblycomplex structures. The cell of a living being is more complexthan all of the technological products produced by man.Today, even in the most developed laboratories of the world,a living cell cannot be produced by bringing inorganic

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materials together.The conditions required for the formation of a cell are too

great in quantity to be explained away by coincidences. Theprobability of proteins, the building blocks of cell, beingsynthesized coincidentally, is 1 in 10950 for an averageprotein made up of 500 amino acids. In mathematics, aprobability smaller than 1 over 1050 is practically consideredto be impossible.

The DNA molecule, which is located in the nucleus of thecell and which stores genetic information, is an incredibledatabank. It is calculated that if the information coded inDNA were written down, this would make a giant libraryconsisting of 900 volumes of encyclopaedias of 500 pageseach.

A very interesting dilemma emerges at this point: theDNA can only replicate with the help of some specializedproteins (enzymes). However, the synthesis of these enzymescan only be realized by the information coded in DNA. Asthey both depend on each other, they have to exist at thesame time for replication. This brings the scenario that lifeoriginated by itself to a deadlock. Prof. Leslie Orgel, anevolutionist of repute from the University of San Diego,California, confesses this fact in the September 1994 issue ofthe Scientific American magazine:

It is extremely improbable that proteins and nucleic acids, both

of which are structurally complex, arose spontaneously in the

same place at the same time. Yet it also seems impossible to

have one without the other. And so, at first glance, one might

have to conclude that life could never, in fact, have originated

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No doubt, if it is impossible for life to have originatedfrom natural causes, then it has to be accepted that life was"created" in a supernatural way. This fact explicitlyinvalidates the theory of evolution, whose main purpose is todeny creation.

Imaginary Mechanisms of Evolution

The second important point that negates Darwin's theoryis that both concepts put forward by the theory as"evolutionary mechanisms" were understood to have, inreality, no evolutionary power.

Darwin based his evolution allegation entirely on themechanism of "natural selection". The importance he placedon this mechanism was evident in the name of his book: TheOrigin of Species, By Means Of Natural Selection…

Natural selection holds that those living things that arestronger and more suited to the natural conditions of theirhabitats will survive in the struggle for life. For example, in adeer herd under the threat of attack by wild animals, thosethat can run faster will survive. Therefore, the deer herd willbe comprised of faster and stronger individuals. However,unquestionably, this mechanism will not cause deer to evolveand transform themselves into another living species, forinstance, horses.

Therefore, the mechanism of natural selection has noevolutionary power. Darwin was also aware of this fact andhad to state this in his book The Origin of Species:

Natural selection can do nothing until favourable individual

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Lamarck's Impact

So, how could these "favourable variations" occur?Darwin tried to answer this question from the standpoint ofthe primitive understanding of science in his age. Accordingto the French biologist Lamarck, who lived before Darwin,living creatures passed on the traits they acquired duringtheir lifetime to the next generation and these traits,accumulating from one generation to another, caused newspecies to be formed. For instance, according to Lamarck,giraffes evolved from antelopes; as they struggled to eat theleaves of high trees, their necks were extended fromgeneration to generation.

Darwin also gave similar examples, and in his book TheOrigin of Species, for instance, said that some bears going intowater to find food transformed themselves into whales overtime.9

However, the laws of inheritance discovered by Mendeland verified by the science of genetics that flourished in the20th century, utterly demolished the legend that acquiredtraits were passed on to subsequent generations. Thus,natural selection fell out of favour as an evolutionarymechanism.

Neo-Darwinism and Mutations

In order to find a solution, Darwinists advanced the"Modern Synthetic Theory", or as it is more commonlyknown, Neo-Darwinism, at the end of the 1930's. Neo-Darwinism added mutations, which are distortions formedin the genes of living beings because of external factors suchas radiation or replication errors, as the "cause of favourable

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variations" in addition to natural mutation. Today, the model that stands for evolution in the world is

Neo-Darwinism. The theory maintains that millions of livingbeings present on the earth formed as a result of a processwhereby numerous complex organs of these organisms suchas the ears, eyes, lungs, and wings, underwent "mutations,"that is, genetic disorders. Yet, there is an outright scientificfact that totally undermines this theory: Mutations do notcause living beings to develop; on the contrary, they alwayscause harm to them.

The reason for this is very simple: the DNA has a verycomplex structure and random effects can only cause harm toit. American geneticist B.G. Ranganathan explains this asfollows:

First, genuine mutations are very rare in nature. Secondly,most mutations are harmful since they are random, ratherthan orderly changes in the structure of genes; any randomchange in a highly ordered system will be for the worse, not forthe better. For example, if an earthquake were to shake a highlyordered structure such as a building, there would be a randomchange in the framework of the building which, in allprobability, would not be an improvement.10

Not surprisingly, no mutation example, which is useful,that is, which is observed to develop the genetic code, hasbeen observed so far. All mutations have proved to beharmful. It was understood that mutation, which ispresented as an "evolutionary mechanism," is actually agenetic occurrence that harms living beings, and leaves themdisabled. (The most common effect of mutation on humanbeings is cancer). No doubt, a destructive mechanism cannot

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be an "evolutionary mechanism." Natural selection, on theother hand, "can do nothing by itself" as Darwin alsoaccepted. This fact shows us that there is no "evolutionarymechanism" in nature. Since no evolutionary mechanismexists, neither could any imaginary process called evolutionhave taken place.

The Fossil Record: No Sign ofIntermediate Forms

The clearest evidence that the scenario suggested by thetheory of evolution did not take place is the fossil record.

According to the theory of evolution, every living specieshas sprung from a predecessor. A previously existing speciesturned into something else in time and all species have comeinto being in this way. According to the theory, thistransformation proceeds gradually over millions of years.

Had this been the case, then numerous intermediaryspecies should have existed and lived within this longtransformation period.

For instance, some half-fish/half-reptiles should havelived in the past which had acquired some reptilian traits inaddition to the fish traits they already had. Or there shouldhave existed some reptile-birds, which acquired some birdtraits in addition to the reptilian traits they already had. Sincethese would be in a transitional phase, they should bedisabled, defective, crippled living beings. Evolutionists referto these imaginary creatures, which they believe to havelived in the past, as "transitional forms."

If such animals had really existed, there should bemillions and even billions of them in number and variety.

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More importantly, the remains of these strange creaturesshould be present in the fossil record. In The Origin of Species,Darwin explained:

If my theory be true, numberless intermediate varieties,linking most closely all of the species of the same grouptogether must assuredly have existed... Consequently,evidence of their former existence could be found only amongstfossil remains.11

Darwin's Hopes Shattered

However, although evolutionists have been makingstrenuous efforts to find fossils since the middle of the 19thcentury all over the world, no transitional forms have yetbeen uncovered. All the fossils unearthed in excavationsshowed that, contrary to the expectations of evolutionists,life appeared on earth all of a sudden and fully-formed.

A famous British paleontologist, Derek V. Ager, admitsthis fact, even though he is an evolutionist:

The point emerges that if we examine the fossil record in detail,whether at the level of orders or of species, we find - over andover again - not gradual evolution, but the sudden explosionof one group at the expense of another.12

This means that in the fossil record, all living speciessuddenly emerge as fully formed, without any intermediateforms in between. This is just the opposite of Darwin'sassumptions. Also, it is very strong evidence that livingbeings are created. The only explanation of a living speciesemerging suddenly and complete in every detail without anyevolutionary ancestor can be that this species was created.This fact is admitted also by the widely known evolutionist

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biologist Douglas Futuyma:

Creation and evolution, between them, exhaust the possible

explanations for the origin of living things. Organisms either

appeared on the earth fully developed or they did not. If they

did not, they must have developed from pre-existing species by

some process of modification. If they did appear in a fully

developed state, they must indeed have been created by some

omnipotent intelligence.13

Fossils show that living beings emerged fully developedand in a perfect state on the earth. That means that "the originof species" is, contrary to Darwin's supposition, not evolutionbut creation.

The Tale of Human Evolution

The subject most often brought up by the advocates of thetheory of evolution is the subject of the origin of man. TheDarwinist claim holds that the modern men of today evolvedfrom some kind of ape-like creatures. During this allegedevolutionary process, which is supposed to have started 4-5million years ago, it is claimed that there existed some"transitional forms" between modern man and his ancestors.According to this completely imaginary scenario, four basic"categories" are listed:

1. Australopithecus 2. Homo habilis3. Homo erectus4. Homo sapiensEvolutionists call the so-called first ape-like ancestors of

men "Australopithecus" which means "South African ape."These living beings are actually nothing but an old ape

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species that has become extinct. Extensive research done onvarious Australopithecus specimens by two world famousanatomists from England and the USA, namely, Lord SollyZuckerman and Prof. Charles Oxnard, has shown that thesebelonged to an ordinary ape species that became extinct andbore no resemblance to humans.14

Evolutionists classify the next stage of human evolutionas "homo," that is "man." According to the evolutionist claim,the living beings in the Homo series are more developed thanAustralopithecus. Evolutionists devise a fanciful evolutionscheme by arranging different fossils of these creatures in aparticular order. This scheme is imaginary because it hasnever been proved that there is an evolutionary relationbetween these different classes. Ernst Mayr, one of the mostimportant proponents of the theory of evolution in thetwentieth century, contends in his book One Long Argumentthat "particularly historical [puzzles] such as the origin of life or ofHomo sapiens, are extremely difficult and may even resist a final,satisfying explanation."15

By outlining the link chain as "Australopithecus > Homohabilis > Homo erectus > Homo sapiens," evolutionists implythat each of these species is one another's ancestor. However,recent findings of paleoanthropologists have revealed thatAustralopithecus, Homo habilis and Homo erectus lived atdifferent parts of the world at the same time.16

Moreover, a certain segment of humans classified asHomo erectus have lived up until very modern times. Homosapiens neandarthalensis and Homo sapiens sapiens (modernman) co-existed in the same region.17

This situation apparently indicates the invalidity of the

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claim that they are ancestors of one another. A paleontologistfrom Harvard University, Stephen Jay Gould, explains thisdeadlock of the theory of evolution although he is anevolutionist himself:

What has become of our ladder if there are three coexisting

lineages of hominids (A. africanus, the robust

australopithecines, and H. habilis), none clearly derived from

another? Moreover, none of the three display any evolutionary

trends during their tenure on earth.18

Put briefly, the scenario of human evolution, which issought to be upheld with the help of various drawings ofsome "half ape, half human" creatures appearing in themedia and course books, that is, frankly, by means ofpropaganda, is nothing but a tale with no scientific ground.

Lord Solly Zuckerman, one of the most famous andrespected scientists in the U.K., who carried out research onthis subject for years, and particularly studiedAustralopithecus fossils for 15 years, finally concluded,despite being an evolutionist himself, that there is, in fact, nosuch family tree branching out from ape-like creaturesto man.

Zuckerman also made an interesting "spectrum ofscience." He formed a spectrum of sciences ranging fromthose he considered scientific to those he consideredunscientific. According to Zuckerman's spectrum, the most"scientific"—that is, depending on concrete data—fields ofscience are chemistry and physics. After them come thebiological sciences and then the social sciences. At the far endof the spectrum, which is the part considered to be most"unscientific," are "extra-sensory perception"—concepts such

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as telepathy and sixth sense–and finally "human evolution."Zuckerman explains his reasoning:

We then move right off the register of objective truth into thosefields of presumed biological science, like extrasensoryperception or the interpretation of man's fossil history, whereto the faithful [evolutionist] anything is possible - and wherethe ardent believer [in evolution] is sometimes able to believeseveral contradictory things at the same time.19

The tale of human evolution boils down to nothing butthe prejudiced interpretations of some fossils unearthed bycertain people, who blindly adhere to their theory.

Technology In The Eye and The Ear

Another subject that remains unanswered byevolutionary theory is the excellent quality of perception inthe eye and the ear.

Before passing on to the subject of the eye, let us brieflyanswer the question of "how we see". Light rays coming froman object fall oppositely on the retina of the eye. Here, theselight rays are transmitted into electric signals by cells andthey reach a tiny spot at the back of the brain called the centreof vision. These electric signals are perceived in this centre ofthe brain as an image after a series of processes. With thistechnical background, let us do some thinking.

The brain is insulated from light. That means that theinside of the brain is solid dark, and light does not reach thelocation where the brain is situated. The place called thecentre of vision is a solid dark place where no light everreaches; it may even be the darkest place you have everknown. However, you observe a luminous, bright world in

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this pitch darkness.The image formed in the eye is so sharp and distinct that

even the technology of the 20th century has not been able toattain it. For instance, look at the book you read, your handswith which you hold it, then lift your head and look aroundyou. Have you ever seen such a sharp and distinct image asthis one at any other place? Even the most developedtelevision screen produced by the greatest televisionproducer in the world cannot provide such a sharp image foryou. This is a three-dimensional, colored, and extremelysharp image. For more than 100 years, thousands ofengineers have been trying to achieve this sharpness.Factories, huge premises were established, much researchhas been done, plans and designs have been made for thispurpose. Again, look at a TV screen and the book you hold inyour hands. You will see that there is a big difference insharpness and distinction. Moreover, the TV screen showsyou a two-dimensional image, whereas with your eyes, youwatch a three-dimensional perspective having depth.

For many years, tens of thousands of engineers have triedto make a three-dimensional TV, and reach the vision qualityof the eye. Yes, they have made a three-dimensionaltelevision system but it is not possible to watch it withoutputting on glasses; moreover, it is only an artificial three-dimension. The background is more blurred, the foregroundappears like a paper setting. Never has it been possible toproduce a sharp and distinct vision like that of the eye. Inboth the camera and the television, there is a loss of imagequality.

Evolutionists claim that the mechanism producing this

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sharp and distinct image has been formed by chance. Now, ifsomebody told you that the television in your room wasformed as a result of chance, that all its atoms just happenedto come together and make up this device that produces animage, what would you think? How can atoms do whatthousands of people cannot?

If a device producing a more primitive image than the eyecould not have been formed by chance, then it is very evidentthat the eye and the image seen by the eye could not havebeen formed by chance. The same situation applies to the ear.The outer ear picks up the available sounds by the auricleand directs them to the middle ear; the middle ear transmitsthe sound vibrations by intensifying them; the inner earsends these vibrations to the brain by translating them intoelectric signals. Just as with the eye, the act of hearingfinalises in the centre of hearing in the brain.

The situation in the eye is also true for the ear. That is, thebrain is insulated from sound just like it is from light: it doesnot let any sound in. Therefore, no matter how noisy is theoutside, the inside of the brain is completely silent.Nevertheless, the sharpest sounds are perceived in the brain.In your brain, which is insulated from sound, you listen tothe symphonies of an orchestra, and hear all the noises in acrowded place. However, if the sound level in your brain wasmeasured by a precise device at that moment, it would beseen that a complete silence is prevailing there.

As is the case with imagery, decades of effort have beenspent in trying to generate and reproduce sound that isfaithful to the original. The results of these efforts are soundrecorders, high-fidelity systems, and systems for sensing

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sound. Despite all this technology and the thousands ofengineers and experts who have been working on thisendeavour, no sound has yet been obtained that has the samesharpness and clarity as the sound perceived by the ear.Think of the highest-quality HI-FI systems produced by thebiggest company in the music industry. Even in thesedevices, when sound is recorded some of it is lost; or whenyou turn on a HI-FI you always hear a hissing sound beforethe music starts. However, the sounds that are the productsof the technology of the human body are extremely sharpand clear. A human ear never perceives a soundaccompanied by a hissing sound or with atmospherics asdoes HI-FI; it perceives sound exactly as it is, sharp and clear.This is the way it has been since the creation of man.

So far, no visual or recording apparatus produced by manhas been as sensitive and successful in perceiving sensorydata as are the eye and the ear.

However, as far as seeing and hearing are concerned, a fargreater fact lies beyond all this.

To Whom Does the Consciousness that Sees and Hears Within the Brain Belong?

Who is it that watches an alluring world in its brain,listens to symphonies and the twittering of birds, and smellsthe rose?

The stimulations coming from the eyes, ears, and nose ofa human being travel to the brain as electro-chemical nervousimpulses. In biology, physiology, and biochemistry books,you can find many details about how this image forms in thebrain. However, you will never come across the most

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important fact about this subject: Who is it that perceivesthese electro-chemical nervous impulses as images, sounds,odours and sensory events in the brain? There is aconsciousness in the brain that perceives all this withoutfeeling any need for eye, ear, and nose. To whom does thisconsciousness belong? There is no doubt that thisconsciousness does not belong to the nerves, the fat layer andneurons comprising the brain. This is why Darwinist-materialists, who believe that everything is comprised ofmatter, cannot give any answer to these questions.

For this consciousness is the spirit created by Allah. Thespirit needs neither the eye to watch the images, nor the earto hear the sounds. Furthermore, nor does it need the brain tothink.

Everyone who reads this explicit and scientific factshould ponder on Almighty Allah, should fear Him and seekrefuge in Him, He Who squeezes the entire universe in apitch-dark place of a few cubic centimetres in a three-dimensional, colored, shadowy, and luminous form.

A Materialist Faith

The information we have presented so far shows us thatthe theory of evolution is a claim evidently at variance withscientific findings. The theory's claim on the origin of life isinconsistent with science, the evolutionary mechanisms itproposes have no evolutionary power, and fossilsdemonstrate that the intermediate forms required by thetheory never existed. So, it certainly follows that the theory ofevolution should be pushed aside as an unscientific idea.This is how many ideas such as the earth-centered universe

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model have been taken out of the agenda of sciencethroughout history.

However, the theory of evolution is pressingly kept onthe agenda of science. Some people even try to representcriticisms directed against the theory as an "attack onscience." Why?

The reason is that the theory of evolution is anindispensable dogmatic belief for some circles. These circlesare blindly devoted to materialist philosophy and adoptDarwinism because it is the only materialist explanation thatcan be put forward for the workings of nature.

Interestingly enough, they also confess this fact from timeto time. A well known geneticist and an outspokenevolutionist, Richard C. Lewontin from Harvard University,confesses that he is "first and foremost a materialist and thena scientist":

It is not that the methods and institutions of science somehow

compel us accept a material explanation of the phenomenal

world, but, on the contrary, that we are forced by our a priori

adherence to material causes to create an apparatus of

investigation and a set of concepts that produce material

explanations, no matter how counter-intuitive, no matter how

mystifying to the uninitiated. Moreover, that materialism is

absolute, so we cannot allow a Divine Foot in the door. 20

These are explicit statements that Darwinism is a dogmakept alive just for the sake of adherence to the materialistphilosophy. This dogma maintains that there is no being savematter. Therefore, it argues that inanimate, unconsciousmatter created life. It insists that millions of different livingspecies; for instance, birds, fish, giraffes, tigers, insects, trees,

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flowers, whales and human beings originated as a result ofthe interactions between matter such as the pouring rain, thelightning flash, etc., out of inanimate matter. This is a preceptcontrary both to reason and science. Yet Darwinists continueto defend it just so as "not to allow a Divine Foot in the door."

Anyone who does not look at the origin of living beingswith a materialist prejudice will see this evident truth: Allliving beings are works of a Creator, Who is All-Powerful,All-Wise and All-Knowing. This Creator is Allah, Whocreated the whole universe from non-existence, designed it inthe most perfect form, and fashioned all living beings.

The Theory of Evolution is the Most PotentSpell in the World

It needs to be made clear that anyone free of prejudiceand the influence of any particular ideology, who uses onlyhis reason and logic, will clearly understand that belief in thetheory of evolution, which brings to mind the superstitionsof societies with no knowledge of science or civilization, isquite impossible.

As has been explained above, those who believe in thetheory of evolution think that a few atoms and moleculesthrown into a huge vat could produce thinking, reasoningprofessors, university students, scientists such as Einsteinand Galileo, artists such as Humphrey Bogart, Frank Sinatraand Pavarotti, as well as antelopes, lemon trees andcarnations. Moreover, the scientists and professors whobelieve in this nonsense are educated people. That is why itis quite justifiable to speak of the theory of evolution as "themost potent spell in history." Never before has any other

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belief or idea so taken away peoples' powers of reason,refused to allow them to think intelligently and logically andhidden the truth from them as if they had been blindfolded.This is an even worse and unbelievable blindness than theEgyptians worshipping the Sun God Ra, totem worship insome parts of Africa, the people of Saba worshipping theSun, the tribe of the Prophet Ibrahim worshipping idols theyhad made with their own hands or the people of the ProphetMusa worshipping the Golden Calf.

In fact, this situation is a lack of reason pointed to byAllah in the Qur'an. He reveals in many verses that somepeoples' minds will be closed and that they will be powerlessto see the truth. Some of these verses are as follows:

As for those who disbelieve, it makes no differenceto them whether you warn them or do not warnthem, they will not believe. Allah has sealed uptheir hearts and hearing and over their eyes is ablindfold. They will have a terrible punishment.(Surat al-Baqara: 6-7)

…They have hearts they do not understand with.They have eyes they do not see with. They have earsthey do not hear with. Such people are like cattle.No, they are even further astray! They are theunaware. (Surat al-A'raf: 179)Even if We opened up to them a door into heaven,and they spent the day ascending through it, theywould only say, "Our eyesight is befuddled! Orrather we have been put under a spell!" (Surat al-Hijr: 14-15)

Words cannot express just how astonishing it is that this

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spell should hold such a wide community in thrall, keeppeople from the truth, and not be broken for 150 years. It isunderstandable that one or a few people might believe inimpossible scenarios and claims full of stupidity andillogicality. However, "magic" is the only possibleexplanation for people from all over the world believing thatunconscious and lifeless atoms suddenly decided to cometogether and form a universe that functions with a flawlesssystem of organization, discipline, reason and consciousness,the planet Earth with all its features so perfectly suited to life,and living things full of countless complex systems.

In fact, Allah reveals in the Qur'an in the incident of theProphet Musa and Pharaoh that some people who supportatheistic philosophies actually influence others by magic.When Pharaoh was told about the true religion, he told theProphet Musa to meet with his own magicians. When theProphet Musa did so, he told them to demonstrate theirabilities first. The verses continue:

He said, "You throw." And when they threw, theycast a spell on the people's eyes and caused them tofeel great fear of them. They produced an extremelypowerful magic. (Surat al-A'raf: 116)

As we have seen, Pharaoh's magicians were able todeceive everyone, apart from the Prophet Musa and thosewho believed in him. However, the evidence put forward bythe Prophet Musa broke that spell, or "swallowed up whatthey had forged" as the verse puts it.

We revealed to Musa, "Throw down your staff." Andit immediately swallowed up what they had forged.So the Truth took place and what they did was

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shown to be false. (Surat al-A'raf: 117-119)

As we can see from that verse, when it was realized thatwhat these people who had first cast a spell over others haddone was just an illusion, they lost all credibility. In thepresent day too, unless those who under the influence of asimilar spell believe in these ridiculous claims under theirscientific disguise and spend their lives defending themabandon them, they too will be humiliated when the fulltruth emerges and the spell is broken. In fact, MalcolmMuggeridge, an atheist philosopher and supporter ofevolution admitted he was worried by just that prospect:

I myself am convinced that the theory of evolution, especiallythe extent to which it's been applied, will be one of the greatjokes in the history books in the future. Posterity will marvelthat so very flimsy and dubious an hypothesis could beaccepted with the incredible credulity that it has.21

That future is not far off: On the contrary, people willsoon see that "chance" is not a god, and will look back on thetheory of evolution as the worst deceit and the most terriblespell in the world. That spell is already rapidly beginning tobe lifted from the shoulders of people all over the world.Many people who see the true face of the theory of evolutionare wondering with amazement how it was that they wereever taken in by it.

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NEVER FORGET! ! !

THAT THE ONLY GOD IS ALLAH…

He is Allah. There is no god but Him. Praise be toHim in the world and the hereafter. Judgementbelongs to Him. You will be returned to Him. (Suratal-Qasas:70)

Never Forget That...

• Our sole purpose in life is to serve Allah,• Allah encompasses everything from East to West,• Allah exercises absolute control over natural events

and He directs their whole affairs, • Allah holds all people under His control, including our

mothers, fathers, classmates and colleagues, • Allah is the true protector and defender of man,• Allah will always win in the end,• It is only Allah Who can relieve us of all the forms of

difficulties we encounter,• Allah knows the hidden truth of an event, the details

pertaining to it, and any other unknown aspects about it, • Allah knows the details of the deeds one has done

throughout one's lifetime, • Allah possesses the power to do anything He wishes, • Allah knows all the subtle details pertaining to all

matters, that He benefits His servants who fear Him, • Allah protects those who take refuge in Him and gives

them relief,• Allah desires to make things easier for us, • Everything that happens to us occurs under His

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control, • It is Allah Who grants us all our blessings, • Allah is the possessor of any property (yachts, houses,

cars, furniture, clothes, jewelry etc…) and the actual owner ofall money is Allah,

• Allah provides the provision of all living things, • Allah will expand the blessings for whom He wills, • We must engage in all deeds only to earn His good

pleasure, • Allah will reward most abundantly those deeds done to

earn His good pleasure, • Allah has taught us everything we know, • Allah is the One Who has rightly guided us and willed

for us to become believers, • Allah is exalted above any sort of fallibility particular to

human beings is in no means in need of anything, • Every living being on earth is in need of Him, • Allah is infinitely conscientious, • Allah knows everything, whether we keep to ourselves

or divulge it,• Allah certainly helps those who help His religion, • Allah sees us no matter where we are or what we are

doing, • Allah is infinitely just and does not wrong anyone by so

much as the smallest speck,• Allah does not harm mankind in any way,• Allah is the Originator of the heavens and earth, and

when He decides on something, He merely says "Be!" and it is,• Allah knows everything beyond our knowledge,• No one can change what Allah wills for him and no one

can prevent something from happening, be it good or bad, if

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Allah wills for him, • To look at and reflect upon the Signs Allah shows you

within yourself and outside of you, • Everything in the earth and in the heavens glorifies His

praises,• Only Allah deserves to be glorified,• Allah never forgets anything, • Allah is always alive, that He never sleeps, nor is in

need of sleep,• Allah heals the hearts of those who believe in His

support,• Allah supports believers at every moment, • Allah forgives and accepts repentance from His

servants,• Allah does not punish wrongdoers immediately, and

that he grants time so that people can repent and ask forforgiveness,

• Allah is Ever-Gentle with His servants,• Allah wishes His faithful servants to attain Paradise, • Allah will reward those who show patience, • Allah is the One Who gives us our soul and gives

health,• Allah heals us when we are sick,• Allah warns us constantly to help us attain true faith

and reminds us through various ways, • Allah has given us love of faith and has made disbelief,

deviance and disobedience hateful to us,• Allah will bring forward a people whom He loves and

who love Him to replace those who renounce the religion, • Allah erases bad actions from true believers, • Allah gives the power of discernment to judge between

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right and wrong to those who have fear of Allah, • Allah is closer to us than anyone or anything, • We need to pray to Allah that He keep us as His friend

till eternity.

THE EXISTENCE OF SATAN…

Satan is your enemy, so treat him as an enemy. Hesummons his party so they will be among the peopleof the Searing Blaze. (Surah Fatir: 6)

Never Forget That...

• Satan is our greatest enemy,

• Satan patiently waits to deceive people at everymoment,

• Satan will try to hinder you from being grateful to yourLord by making you forget the blessings,

• Satan wants you to forget that there is good in everysituation and thereby hinder you from putting your trust inAllah,

• Satan will try to instil carelessness, laziness, anger,heedlessness, selfishness and forgetfulness in you,

• Satan wants to hinder you from your acts of worshipand conducting yourself responsibly towards Allah,

• Satan has no influence whatsoever on true believers, • Seeking refuge in Allah when a deceptive suggestion

from Satan provokes you will bring you relief,• Forgetfulness is Satan's greatest weapon,• Satan wants to hinder you from keeping your mind

occupied with Allah's remembrance, • Arrogance and resisting truth are attributes of the

accursed Satan,

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• Satan will try to fill you with false hopes, • Satan never wants you to engage in deeds that will

please Allah and attain Paradise, • Satan's primary aim is to make you earn eternal

torment, as he himself will, • Satan has no authority over people, but merely calls on

them.

TO REMEMBER ALLAH…

You who believe! Remember Allah much... (Surat al-Ahzab: 41)

Never Forget…

• To keep your mind occupied with the remembrance ofAllah,

• To remember Allah when you are standing, sitting andlying on your side,

• That nothing except the remembrance of Allah removesour distress, the complications in our affairs, and provides usrelief of heart,

• That nothing (trade or commerce) should distract usfrom the remembrance of Allah,

• That remembering Allah is the greatest,

THAT DEATH MAY COME UPON

YOU AT ANY TIME…

Every self will taste death. We test you with bothgood and evil as a trial. And you will be returned toUs. (Surat al-Anbiya': 35)

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Never Forget That…

• Everyone, including ourselves and our family memberswill certainly die,

• The time of death is determined by our Lord, • Everyone's death is predetermined and that no one can

put off that predetermined time when it comes, • At death, we will return to our Lord,• Our body will be of no value whatsoever once we die, • When placed in the earth the body will undergo a rapid

process of decay,• The repentance made at the moment of death may not

be accepted, • All the forms of weakness we have in this world are

given us to remind death, • Thinking about death will purify us of all false

ambitions, • You must pray to Allah to take you as a Muslim at your

death.

THAT THE WORLD WE LIVE IN

WILL VANISH ONE DAY…

The life of the world is merely a game and adiversion. If you believe and fear of Allah, He willpay you your wages and not ask you for all yourwealth. (Surah Muhammad: 36)

Never Forget That…

• Though it may seem long, the life of this world is brief, • What seems attractive in this world are but trials, • Allah lets everyone live long enough for the one who

was going to repent could have time to repent,

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• Allah created life and death so that He could test us, tosee whose actions are the best,

• The life of this world is temporary, • The blessings in this world are only inferior imitations

of the actual blessings in Paradise, and that they arespecifically created to remind us of Paradise,

• By the Will of Allah, the whole world will vanish at theDay of Judgment,

• The life of the world is nothing but a game and adiversion, and that the real refuge is the hereafter,

• The blessings in this world must not be a cause forboasting,

• The true believers never sell the hereafter for thisworld.

THAT THE DAY OF RESURRECTION

IS RAPIDLY APPROACHING…

People will ask you about the Last Hour. Say: "OnlyAllah has knowledge of it. What will make youunderstand? It may be that the Last Hour is verynear." (Surat al-Ahzab: 63)

Never Forget That…

• We are approaching the Last Hour rapidly, • On that day, there will be unprecedented catastrophes, • The Day of Resurrection will come abruptly before you

can even realize it, •That day there will be nowhere to escape, • That day everyone will be asked to give account of his

deeds before Allah, and will be asked about the blessings heenjoyed,

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• Every soul that has ever been on earth will stand beforehis Lord,

• That day the mountains will be scattered as dust, • That day heaven will be split and become red like dregs

of oil,• The stars will be extinguished, • The mountains will be pulverized, and be like tufts of

colored wool • Allah will leave them as a barren, level plain, • The sky will be like molten brass,• Every nursing woman will forget the baby at her breast,• We will come to the presence of Allah all alone, just as

we were first created,• Everything in the heavens and the earth, except those

favoured by Allah, will be seized by fear,• The evildoers will be recognized by their mark and

seized by their forelocks and their feet,• No soul will speak except by His permission, • Disbelievers will be wretched,• Those who lied against Allah will have their faces

blackened,• Voices will be humbled before the All-Merciful and

nothing but a whisper will be heard,• No acquaintance—including one's mother, brother,

father—will ask about his friend,• The guilty will accuse one another,• Each soul will find the good it did and the evil it did, it

will wish there had been ages to separate them,• Some faces will be radiant,• Any regret felt on that day will already be too late,• There will be no recourse on that day,

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• On that day, there will be no fear or sorrow for truebelievers.

THAT ONLY TRUE BELIEVERS WILL ATTAIN

PARADISE…

…whereas those who believe and do right actions,such people are the Companions of the Garden,remaining in it timelessly, for ever. (Surat al-Baqara:82)

Never Forget That…

• Allah created Paradise especially for believers,• The rewards of those who sell their selves and their

wealth will be Paradise,• Believers will remain in Paradise for all eternity, • Angels will meet believers in Paradise in the most

gentle way, • They will be in peace and complete security,• In Paradise, there will be spouses of perfect purity, • In Paradise, its inhabitants will see delight and a great

kingdom wherever they turn,• They will be reclining on couches lined with rich

brocade,• There will be ripe fruits hanging close to hand,• It will be neither too hot nor too cold, • There will be goblets and decanters circulating about

them,• The people of Paradise will have there all that their

hearts desire and what their eyes find delight in,• No one will be wronged there, • Allah will bestow radiance and happiness upon the

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people of Paradise,• In Paradise, there is no fear of committing sin,• Any rancour will be stripped away from the hearts of

the people of Paradise,• Believers will be grateful to Allah in Paradise, • It is by the mercy of Allah that believers will attain

Paradise,• In Paradise, no one grows weary, • No one will feel fear and no one will know any sorrow,• Allah will remove all sadness from the hearts of the

people of Paradise, • Far above all the blessings of Paradise, is the good

pleasure of Allah.

THE EXISTENCE OF HELL…

…Had We so willed We could have given guidanceto everyone, but now My Words are shown to betrue: that I shall fill up Hell entirely with jinn andhuman beings. (Surat as-Sajda: 13)

Never Forget That…

• Allah made Paradise unlawful for those who ascribepartners to Him and that their eternal abode is Hell,

• The fire of Hell will last into eternity,• People of Hell will have garments of fire cut out for them, • People of Hell will be wearing shirts of tar,• They will have their faces enveloped in fire,• Boiling water will be poured over their heads,• Their sides and backs will be branded,• The Gates of Heaven will not be opened for them,• People of Hell are the worst of creatures,

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• Torment in Hell will be forever, • Shackles and chains and a Searing Blaze are made

ready for the people of Hell, • There exists nothing to drink in Hell except boiling

water and scalding pus,• The people of Hell have no food but a bitter thorny

bush, which neither nourishes nor satisfies,• The Tree of az-Zaqqum is the food of the wicked,

seething in the belly like molten brass,• The people of Hell will be bound in a chain which is

seventy cubits long,• They will be beaten with cudgels made of iron,• There exists a Fire in Hell, whose fuel is people and

stones,• The fire of Hell will seethe and rasp, • There will be sighing for the wrongdoers in Hell,• Hell is a destination for the profligate,• When people of Hell are flung into a narrow confine

within it, shackled together in chains, they will cry out fortheir destruction,

• They will neither die nor live, • Death comes upon the people of Hell from every side

but they do not die,• There exists a Fire whose billowing walls of smoke will

hem them in,• Hell is a pitch-dark and smoke-filled place,• Hell is a place that provides no relief and no pleasure,• A wall with a gate within it will be erected between the

people of Paradise and the people of Hell,• The punishment will not be lightened for the people of

Hell,

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• They will want to get out of the Fire but they will not beable to,

• There exists above them a sealed vault of Fire,• Every time their skins are burned off, they will be

replaced with new skins,• Their eyes will be downcast, darkened by humiliation,• Everyone will acknowledge their sins,• The people of Hell will say, "If only we had listened and

used our minds," • They will say, "If only we could be sent back again, we

would be among the believers," • They will say, "If only we had obeyed Allah and obeyed

the Messenger!,"• They will confess that they "have no other ally nor any

intercessor," • They will call out to be saved from the Fire,• They will call out to the companions of Paradise,

"Throw down some water for us or some of what Allah hasgiven you as provision.,"

• They will curse one another and pray for one another'sdetriment,

• They will suffer endless regret and despair,• Allah will not speak to them.

TO LIVE BY THE VALUES OF THE QUR'AN

EVERY MOMENT…

Alif Lam Ra. This is a Book We have sent down toyou so that you can bring mankind from thedarkness to the light, by the permission of theirLord, to the Path of the Almighty, the Praiseworthy.(Surah Ibrahim: 1)

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•To follow your conscience every moment of your life,• To be just at every opportunity, even if it is against you,

your parents or relatives, • To be compassionate and merciful,• To avoid being arrogant,• To safeguard your trusts, • That when you are greeted with a greeting, to return

the greeting with a similar or better one,• To control your rage, • To avoid arguing over issues of which you possess little

knowledge, • To avoid boasting, • That the only criterion of superiority is taqwa (awe or

fear of Allah which inspires a person to be on guard againstwrong action and eager for actions which please Him),

• That the lower self always commands indecency andwrongdoing,

• To always aim to do good, • To fear Allah alone,• To fear Allah as much as you are able to,• To enjoin good and forbid evil,• That no burden-bearer can bear another's burden,• That Allah does not love any vain or boastful person,• To safeguard your prayers, • Not to ridicule others, • Not to backbite one another, • To be obedient to Allah, • To be patient for Allah, • The existence of the two recording angels sitting on the

right and on the left,

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• To avoid most suspicion, • To think in compliance with the Qur'an,• Believers should not despair, • Nothing should distress believers, • Not to boast about your blessings, • That there is always someone that knows better, • That there is no compulsion where the religion is

concerned, and that the duty of the believers is merely toremind,

• That unity among believers is of great importance, • Not to quarrel with believers, • To be always meticulous in attention to your prayers and

other acts of worship, whatever the circumstances may be,• To turn to Allah in every deed you do,• That your Master is Allah, that you perform all acts

only to earn His good pleasure, and that our wage is theresponsibility of Allah alone.

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They said "Glory be to You!We have no knowledge except what

You have taught us. You are the All-Knowing,the All-Wise."

(Surat al-Baqara: 32)

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NOTES

1- Hugh Ross, The Fingerprint of God,p. 502- Sidney Fox, Klaus Dose, MolecularEvolution and The Origin of Life, W.H.Freeman and Company, SanFrancisco, 1972, p. 4.3- Alexander I. Oparin, Origin of Life,Dover Publications, NewYork, 1936,1953 (reprint), p. 196.4- "New Evidence on Evolution ofEarly Atmosphere and Life", Bulletinof the American Meteorological Society,vol 63, November 1982, p. 1328-1330. 5- Stanley Miller, Molecular Evolutionof Life: Current Status of the PrebioticSynthesis of Small Molecules, 1986, p. 7.6- Jeffrey Bada, Earth, February 1998,p. 407- Leslie E. Orgel, "The Origin of Lifeon Earth", Scientific American, vol. 271,October 1994, p. 78.8- Charles Darwin, The Origin ofSpecies by Means of Natural Selection,The Modern Library, New York, p.127.9- Charles Darwin, The Origin ofSpecies: A Facsimile of the First Edition,Harvard University Press, 1964, p.184.10- B. G. Ranganathan, Origins?,Pennsylvania: The Banner Of TruthTrust, 1988, p. 7.11- Charles Darwin, The Origin ofSpecies: A Facsimile of the First Edition,Harvard University Press, 1964, p.179.12- Derek A. Ager, "The Nature of theFossil Record", Proceedings of theBritish Geological Association, vol 87,

1976, p. 133.13- Douglas J. Futuyma, Science onTrial, Pantheon Books, New York,1983. p. 197.14- Solly Zuckerman, Beyond The IvoryTower, Toplinger Publications, NewYork, 1970, pp. 75-94; Charles E.Oxnard, "The Place ofAustralopithecines in HumanEvolution: Grounds for Doubt",Nature, vol 258, p. 389.15- "Could science be brought to anend by scientists' belief that they havefinal answers or by society'sreluctance to pay the bills?" ScientificAmerican, December 1992, p. 20.16- Alan Walker, Science, vol. 207, 7March 1980, p. 1103; A. J. Kelso,Physical Antropology, 1st ed., J. B.Lipincott Co., New York, 1970, p. 221;M. D. Leakey, Olduvai Gorge, vol. 3,Cambridge University Press,Cambridge, 1971, p. 272.17- Jeffrey Kluger, "Not So ExtinctAfter All: The Primitive HomoErectus May Have Survived LongEnough To Coexist With ModernHumans," Time, 23 December 1996.18- S. J. Gould, Natural History, vol.85, 1976, p. 30.19- Solly Zuckerman, Beyond The IvoryTower, p. 19.20- Richard Lewontin, "The Demon-Haunted World," The New York Reviewof Books, January 9, 1997, p. 28.21- Malcolm Muggeridge, The End ofChristendom, Grand Rapids:Eerdmans, 1980, p. 43.

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How was matter andtime created fromnothingness? Whatdoes the Big Bangtheory signify aboutthe creation of theuniverse? What isthe parallelismbetween Einstein'sTheory of Relativity

and the Qur'anic verses?All of these questions are answered inthis book. If you want to learn the truthsabout space, matter, time and fate, readthis book.

Also by Harun Yahya

Many people think that Darwin's Theory ofEvolution is a proven fact. Contrary to thisconventional wisdom, recent developments inscience completely disprove the theory. The onlyreason Darwinism is still foisted on people bymeans of a worldwide propaganda campaign lies inthe ideological aspects of the theory. All secularideologies and philosophies try to provide a basisfor themselves by relying on the theory of evolution. This book clarifies the scientific collapse of thetheory of evolution in a way that is detailed but easyto understand. It reveals the frauds and distortionscommitted by evolutionists to "prove" evolution.Finally it analyzes the powers and motives thatstrive to keep this theory alive and make peoplebelieve in it.Anyone who wants to learn about the origin of livingthings, including mankind, needs to read this book.The Evolution Deceit is also available in Italian,Albanian, Spanish, Indonesian, Malay, Russian,Arabic, Bulgarian, French, German and (Bosnian).

When a person examines his ownbody or any other living thing innature, the world or the wholeuniverse, in it he sees a great design,art, plan and intelligence. All this isevidence proving Allah's being, unit,and eternal power.For Men of Understanding was writtento make the reader see and realizesome of the evidence of creation innature. For Men of Understanding isalso available in Indonesian, German,French, Urdu and Russian.

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People who are oppressed, whoare tortured to death, innocentbabies, those who cannot affordeven a loaf of bread, who mustsleep in tents or even in streetsin cold weather, those who aremassacred just because theybelong to a certain tribe,women, children, and old people

who are expelled from their homes because of theirreligion… Eventually, there is only one solution tothe injustice, chaos, terror, massacres, hunger,poverty, and oppression: the values of the Qur'an.

Today, science has proven thatthe universe was created fromnothing with a Big Bang.Moreover, all physical balancesof the universe are designed tosupport human life. Everythingfrom the nuclear reactions instars to the chemical propertiesof a carbon atom or a water

molecule, is created in a glorious harmony. This isthe exalted and flawless creation of Allah, the Lordof All the Worlds. The Creation of the Universe isalso available in French, Russian and Indonesian.

Fascism and communism, which madehumanity suffer dark times, are fed fromthe same source, on the grounds ofwhich they can attract masses to theirside. This source is the materialistphilosophy and its adaptation to nature,which is Darwinism. Theacknowledgement of the scientificinvalidity of this theory will bring aboutthe end of all these detrimentalideologies. This book is also available inFrench.

Many societies thatrebelled against the will ofAllah or regarded Hismessengers as enemieswere wiped off the face ofthe earth completely...Perished Nationsexamines these penaltiesas revealed in the verses

of the Quran and in light of archaeologicaldiscoveries. This book is also available inGerman, French, Spanish, Russian,Indonesian and Portuguese.

This book gets into detailon the issue of origins andmakes a comprehensiveand technical refutation ofDarwinist theory. As it ismentioned in the book,anyone who still defendsthe theory of evolution hasto come into terms with

this book and face its challenge. Otherwise,he will de facto accept that his allegiance tothe theory of evolution is a non-scientificapproach but a materialistic dogma.

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Darwin said: "Ifit could bedemonstratedthat anycomplex organexisted, whichcould notpossibly havebeen formed by

numerous, successive, slight modifications, mytheory would absolutely break down." When youread this book, you will see that Darwin's theory hasabsolutely broken down, just as he feared it would.A thorough examination of the feathers of a bird,the sonar system of a bat or the wing structure of afly reveal amazingly complex designs. And thesedesigns indicate that they are created flawlessly byAllah. The book is also available in Russian.

Never plead ignorance of Allah'sevident existence, thateverything was created by Allah,that everything you own wasgiven to you by Allah for yoursubsistence, that you will notstay so long in this world, of thereality of death, that the Qur'anis the Book of truth, that you will

give account for your deeds, of the voice of yourconscience that always invites you to righteousness,of the existence of the hereafter and the day ofaccount, that hell is the eternal home of severepunishment, and of the reality of fate.

The world is a temporary placespecially created by Allah to testman. That is why, it is inherentlyflawed and far from satisfyingman's endless needs anddesires. Each and everyattraction existing in the worldeventually wears out, becomescorrupt, decays and finally

disappears. This is the never-changing reality of life.This book explains this most important essence oflife and leads man to ponder the real place to whichhe belongs, namely the Hereafter.

The plan, design, and delicatebalance existing in our bodiesand reaching into even theremotest corners of the incrediblyvast universe must surely have asuperior Creator. Man is unableto see his Creator yet he cannevertheless grasp Hisexistence, strength, and wisdom

by means of his intellect. This book is a summonsto think. A summons to ponder over the universeand living beings and see how they have beencreated flawlessly.

Scientific progress makes it clearthat living beings have anextremely complex structure andan order that is too perfect tohave come into being by accident.Recently, for example, the perfectstructure in the human genebecame a top issue as a result ofthe completion of the Human

Genome Project. In this book, the unique creation ofAllah is once again disclosed for all to see.

In a body thatis made up ofatoms, youbreathe in air,eat food, anddrink liquidsthat are allcomposed ofatoms.

Everything you see is nothing but the result of thecollision of electrons of atoms with photons.In this book, the implausibility of the spontaneousformation of an atom, the building-block ofeverything, living or non-living, is related and theflawless nature of Allah's creation isdemonstrated. The Miracle in the Atom is alsoavailable in Indonesian.

Man is a beingto which Allahhas granted thefaculty ofthinking. Yet amajority ofpeople fail toemploy thisfaculty as they

should… The purpose of this book is to summonpeople to think in the way they should and to guidethem in their efforts to think. This book is alsoavailable in Indonesian.

In this book you will findexplanations about eternity,timelessness andspacelessness that you willnever have encounteredanywhere else and you will beconfronted by the reality thateternity has already begun. Thereal answers to many questions

people always ponder such as the true nature ofdeath, resurrection after death, the existence ofan eternal life, and the time when all these thingswill happen are to be found here…

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The plan, design, and delicatebalance existing in our bodiesand reaching into even theremotest corners of theincredibly vast universe mustsurely have a superior Creator.Man is unable to see his Creatoryet he can nevertheless graspHis existence, strength, andwisdom by means of hisintellect. This book is a summons to think. Asummons to ponder over the universe and livingbeings and see how they have been createdflawlessly. The book is also available in Urdu,French and Indonesian.

Colors, patterns, spots even lines of each livingbeing existing in nature have a meaning. Anattentive eye would immediately recognize that notonly the living beings, but also everything innature are just as they should be. Furthermore, hewould realize that everything is given to theservice of man: the comforting blue color of thesky, the colorful view of flowers, the bright greentrees and meadows, the moon and starsilluminating the world in pitch darkness togetherwith innumerable beauties surrounding man. Thisbook is also available in Arabic and Indonesian.

Just as a tiny key opens ahuge door, this book will opennew horizons for its readers.And the reality behind that dooris the most important realitythat one can come across inone's lifetime. Relating theamazing and admirablefeatures of spiders known by

few people and asking the questions of "how" and"why" in the process, this book reveals theexcellence and perfection inherent in Allah'screation.

When theevents of"sickness" and"recovering"take place, ourbodies becomea battlegroundin which a bitterstruggle is

taking place. Microbes invisible to our eyes intrudeinto our body and begin to increase rapidly. Thebody however has a mechanism that combatsthem. Known as the "immune system", thismechanism is the most disciplined, most complexand successful army of the world. This systemproves that the human body is the outcome of aunique design that has been planned with a greatwisdom and skill. In other words, the human bodyis the evidence of a flawless creation, which is thepeerless creation of Allah. This book is alsoavailable in Indonesian.

The way toexamine theuniverse and allthe beingstherein and todiscover Allah'sart of creationand announce itto humanity is

"science". Therefore, religion adopts science as away to reach the details of Allah's creation andtherefore encourages science. Just as religionencourages scientific research, so does scientificresearch that is guided by the facts communicatedby religion yield very repid and definite results. Thisis because religion is the unique source thatprovides the most correct and definite answer tothe question of how the universe and life came intobeing. This book is also available in Russian.

The information hidden insideDNA controls the thousands ofdifferent events that takeplace in the cells of the humanbody and in the functioning ofits systems, as well as all thephysical features, from thecolor of a person's hair andeyes to his height. In the

same way that every book has a writer andowner, so does the information in DNA: and thatCreator is our Lord Allah, the All-Wise.

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These millimeter-sized animals that we frequentlycome across but don't care much about have anexcellent ability for organization and specializationthat is not to be matched by any other being onearth. These aspects of ants create in one a greatadmiration for Allah's superior power andunmatched creation. The book is also available inUrdu and Indonesian.

This book maintains that the source of the scourge ofterrorism does not come from a divine religion, andthat there is no room for terrorism in Islam. It isrevealed, in the light of the verses of the Koran andwith examples from history, that Islam forbids terrorismand aims to bring peace and security to the world.Islam Denounces Terrorism is also available inGerman.

Fascism is an ideology that hasbrought great disasters to humanity.Not only has it caused millions ofpeople to be killed and torturedsimply because of their race, but ithas also attempted to abolish allhuman values. The main purposeof the book is to present variousfascist tendencies which appear

under different methods and guises, and expose theirreal origins and objectives. The book also attempts totear down the mask of fascism, and reveal thatfascism is definitely an anti-religionist system.

The content of this book is anextremely important truth thatastounded large numbers of people,and caused their outlook on life tochange drastically. We can sum upthis reality like this: "All events,people, buildings, cities, cars,places, which are a part of our life inthis world, in short, everything we

see, hold, touch, smell, taste and hear, are actuallyillusions and sensations that form in our brain."

In societies distant from religion,right is often presented as wrong,and vice versa. Unbecomingbehaviour which will not please Allahmay be favoured and encouraged.Romanticism is one of those wrongsentiments which is assumed to be"right". This book reveals what aserious threat romanticism – which

is imagined to be a simple character trait – poses tosocieties and individuals, and shows how easy it is toeliminate this danger.

This book deals with how thetheory of evolution isinvalidated by scientificfindings and experiments in aconcise and simple language.

The purpose of this book is todisplay the miraculous features ofplants and hence to make peoplesee "the creation miracle" inthings -they often encounter in theflow of their daily lives andsidestep. This book opens new horizons onthese issues for people who,

throughout their lives, -think only about their ownneeds and hence fail to see the evidence of Allah'sexistence. Reading and understanding this bookwill be an important step in coming to anunderstanding of one's Creator.

"Everything that constitutes ourlife is a totality of perceptionsreceived by our soul. The things,people, places and events thatmake our world and our livesmeaningful are like a dream; weperceive them only as images inour brain, and have nothing todo with their truth or reality…"

In the book, which consists of a conversationbetween four people, the prejudices that preventpeople from understanding this great truth areremoved, and the misconceptions they have areexplained.

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The unprecedented styleand the superior wisdominherent in the Qur'an isconclusive evidenceconfirming that it is theWord of Allah. Apart fromthis, there are a number ofmiracles verifying the fact

that the Qur'an is therevelation of Allah, one of them being that, 1,400 years ago, it declared a number of scientific factsthat have only been established thanks to the technological breakthroughs of the 20th century. In thisbook, in addition to the scientific miracles of the Qur'an, you will also find messages regarding thefuture. Mracles of the Qur'an is also available in Serbo-Croat (Bosnian), Chinese and Russian.

Allah, in the Qur'an, calls theculture of people who are notsubject to the religion of Allah"ignorance." Only acomparison of this culture withthe honourable thoughts andmoral structure of the Qur'ancan reveal its primitive andcorrupted nature. The purpose

of this book is to take this comparison further,displaying the extent of the "crudeunderstanding" of ignorant societies.

Moses is the prophet whoselife is most narrated in theQur'an. The Qur'an providesa very detailed account ofhis struggle with Pharaoh,the unfavourable conduct ofhis people and the way theProphet Moses summonedthem to the way of Allah.This book provides a

thorough examination into the life of the ProphetMoses in the light of the Qur'anic verses.

This book is about theenthusiasm of believers thatkeeps growing until the end oftheir lives. The main aim of thebook is to increase theenthusiasm of believersshowing them what a greatblessing enthusiasm is, andhow it enhances the power ofbelievers.

A Muslim's life is describedas follows in the Qur'an:"Truly, my prayer and myworship, my life and mydeath, are (all) for Allah"(The Qur'an, 6:162) Abeliever who decides to livefor the cause of Allah mustabandon all the idols of the

society of ignorance Devoted to Allah is asummons to overthrow these idols for good.

Driven by pride andarrogance, man forgets thathe is solely a servant ofAllah. The first representativeof arrogance is Satan, whorebelled against Allah.Throughout history, peoplewho out of their prideworshipped themselves,

have been mimicking the arrogance of Satan.

Allah createsevery word oneutters, and every event oneexperiences, from themoment one is born into tisworld. For a believer whounderstands this fact,uninterrupted joy of faithbecomes an unchangingquality of life. The fate

decreed by Allah is flawless. In this entity made upof millions of events, there is only goodness,benevolence, and wisdom for everyone who looksat them with an eye for goodness.

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While watching televisionor reading the paper, yousee many items whichyou would not like to seeor hear: destitute people,murders, quarrels, ill-treatment, and muchmore... Certainly, you,too, would like to live in a

peaceful and secure society where peoplelive in harmony and friendship. However justwaiting for such a world to come about byitself one day is of no use. This book is asummons to those who want goodness toprevail: it calls on them to do goodness andto form an alliance with other good peoplelike themselves.

In the Qur'an, Allah tellspeople many secrets.People who are unawareof these secretsexperience the trouble anddistress caused by thisthroughout their lives. Forthose who learn thesesecrets of the Qur'an,

however, the life of this world is very easy,and full of joy and excitement. This bookdeals with the subjects Allah related topeople as a secret.

One of the principaldeceptions that impelspeople intodelinquency andmakes them pursuetheir own desires istheir heedlessness ofdeath. Both humanbeings and the

universe they live in are mortal. What awaits thedisbelievers in the next world is more dreadful: theeternal wrath of hell. This book, based on the verses ofthe Qur'an, makes a detailed depiction of the moment ofdeath, the day of judgement, and the penalties in hell,and it sounds a warning about the great danger facingus. Death Resurrection Hell is also available in Polish.

The Qur'an has beenrevealed to us so thatwe may read andponder. The BasicConcepts of theQur'an is a usefulresource prepared asa guide to thinking.Some basic Islamic

concepts like the soul, conscience, wisdom, loyalty,submission to Allah, brotherhood, modesty, prayer,patience, are discussed in the light of Qur'anic verses.This book is also available in Portuguese.

Everyone has someknowledge and convictionsabout Islam. However, themajority of theseconvictions have theirorigins in inadequate orincorrect sources. Actually,what one has to do toknow Islam is to study the

Qur'an, which comprises the origin and basisof Islam. Based on the information conveyedin the Qur'an, this book gives an account ofAllah's attributes, our purpose in this world,what we have to do to fulfill this purpose.

In the Qur'an, conscience has a meaning andimportance beyond its common and everyday use.This book introduces the real concept of consciencethat is related in the Qur'an and draws our attentionto the kind of understanding, thought, and wisdomthat a truly conscientious person has. This book isalso available in German and French.

There are questionsabout religion thatpeople seekanswers to and hopeto be enlightened inthe best way.However in mostcases, people basetheir opinions on

hearsay rather than acquiring them from the real sourceof religion: the Qur'an. In these booklets, you will find themost accurate answers to all the questions you seekanswers for and learn your responsibilities towards yourCreator. This book is also available in German.

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The Qur'an has been sent down asa book easily understandable byeveryone. However, those whofail to measure God with His truescale, interpret the verses of theQur'an wrongly in their owncrooked reasoning. In this book,the reasons why those peoplemisinterpret the Qur'an areexamined and some examples ofthe objections they make are

reviewed and answered.

The purpose of this book is to warn peopleagainst the day on which they will say "If onlywe did not rebel against Allah. If only welistened to the messengers…" and thereforefeel deep regret. This is a summons to live forthe cause of Allah when there is still time.Before You Regret is also available in Frenchand German.

The mostseriousmistake aman makesis notpondering.It is notpossible tofind the

truth unless one thinks about basic questionssuch as "How and why am I here?", "Whocreated me?", or "Where am I going?." Failingto do so, one becomes trapped in the viciouscircle of daily life and turns into a selfishcreature caring only for himself. Ever ThoughtAbout the Truth? summons people to think onsuch basic questions and to discover the realmeaning of life. This book is also available inFrench.

In theQur'an, thereis an explicitreference tothe "secondcoming ofthe Jesus tothe world"which is

heralded in a hadith. The realization of someinformation revealed in the Qur'an about Jesuscan only be possible by Jesus' secondcoming… This book is also available in German.

In order for justice to reign on theEarth, a morality that will makepeople leave their own interestsaside in favour of justice isneeded. This morality is theQur'anic morality that Allahteaches and commands us. InSurat an-Nisa, Allah commandsbelievers to act justly, albeit

against themselves. The purpose of this book is todescribe the true justice in the Qur'an.

A study thatexaminesand seeksto remindus of thebasic moralprinciplesof theQur'an,

particularly those that are most likely to beforgotten or neglected at times. This book isalso available in Bengoli.

That people do not adopt themoral values of the Qur'an andsubmit to Allah underlie thepersonal and social depression,pain, fears and lack ofconfidence that is widelyexperienced today. This bookexplains the detriments thatdisbelief gives to people and

discloses the only way to salvation, which issubmission to Allah.

In this book, all ideologies basedon disbelief are referred to as"the religions of irreligion." Thatis simply because theseideologies have in time evolvedto become religions with acomplete system of beliefs,practices, and rules forconducting one's daily life.

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Dear kids, while reading this bookyou will see how Allah has createdall the creatures in the mostbeautiful way and how every one ofthem show us His endless beauty,power and knowledge. The Worldof Animals is also available inFrench and Russian.

Have you ever thought about the vast dimensions of theuniverse we live in? As you read this book, you will seethat our universe and all the living things therein arecreated in the most perfect way by our Creator, Allah.You will learn that Allah created the sun, the moon, ourworld, in short, everything in the universe so that we maylive in it in the most peaceful and happy way. Thischildren's book is also available in Russian.

Children!Have you ever asked yourselfquestions like these: How did ourearth come into existence? How didthe moon and sun come into being?Where were you before you wereborn? How did oceans, trees, animalsappear on earth? How does a little tinybee know how to produce delicious

honey? How can it build a honeycomb with such astonishingly regular edges? Who was thefirst human being? In this book you will find the true answers to these questions. This book isalso available in Serbian and Indonesian.

CHILDREN'S BOOKS

What do you think about ants? Do youknow about their abilities andintelligent behaviour? Do you knowwhy Omar is fascinated by the littleworld of the ants? If you want to learnthe answers to these questions, readthis book. This book is also availablein French and Russian.

Darwin's theory of evolution maintained that all livingbeings emerged as a result of chance coincidence andthus denied Creation. Yet, different branches of sciencelike biochemistry, genetics, and palaeontology havedemonstrated that the claims that life originated as aresult of "coincidences" is foolish. This is a book you willread with pleasure and as it makes explicitly clear whythe theory of evolution is the greatest aberration in thehistory of science. This book is also available in German.

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Dear children, while readingthis book, you will see howAllah has created all thecreatures in the mostbeautiful way and howevery one of them show usHis endless beauty, powerand knowledge.

Omar meets his friend, honeybee, in a trip to a forest. The honeybee tells him how they buildhoneycombs, what kind of an order there is in their hive, and many other things. At the end of thisvisit, Omar learns that it is our Lord, Allah, Who taught honeybees everything they know. This bookis also published in French, German, Russian and Bosnian.

When you read this book youwill learn a great deal aboutbeavers. You will learn thatKarim's new friends buildintricate constructions withinnate skills. And finally, youwill learn that it is Allah, Whoendowed them with theseskills.

The works of Harun Yahyaare also produced in theform of documentary filmsand audio cassettes. Inaddition to English, some ofthese products are alsoavailable in English, Arabic,German, and Russian.

VIDEO FILMS

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EVER THOUGHT ABOUT THE TRUTH? II

The titles in this series include The Fear ofAllah, The Nightmare of Disbelief, TheStruggle of the Religion of Irreligion,Beauties Presented by the Qur'an for L‹fe,The Arrogance of Satan, The Mercy ofBelievers, The Iniquity Called Mockery,Perished Nations, The Secret BeyondMatter, Timelessness and The Reality ofFate.

THE FACT OF CREATION

The titles in this series include The Theoryof Evolution The Fact of Creation, TheCreation of the Universe/The Balances inthe Earth, The Miracle in the Cell/TheMiracle of Birth, The Miracle in the Eye/TheMiracle in the Ear, The Design inAnimals/The Design in Plants, The Miraclein the Honeybee/The Miracle in the Ant, TheMiracle in the Mosquito/The Miracle in theSpider, Self-Sacrifice in LivingThings/Migration and Orientation, TheMiracle of Creation in DNA, Miracles of theQur'an.

AUDIO CASSETTE SERIES

EVER THOUGHT ABOUT THE TRUTH? I

The titles in this series include EverThought About the Truth?, Devoted toAllah, The Mature Faith, The Religion ofthe Ignorant, The Crude Understanding ofDisbelief, The Importance of Conscience inthe Qur'an, Never Forget, Before YouRegret, Death Hereafter Hell, Paradise.

The audio cassettesPerished Nations andThe Dark Face ofDarwin were inspiredby the works ofHarun Yahya

The Collapse ofEvolution The Factof Creation audiocassette is alsoavailable in Russian.

The works of Harun Yahya are also produced in the form of documentary films and audio cassettes. Inaddition to English, some of these products are also available in English, Arabic, German, and Russian.

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Islam is a religion that means "peace". In theQur'an, the Holy Book of Islam, Allah commandsbelievers to bring peace and security to theworld. Terrorism and all other mischief on Earthare the very acts that Muslims are commandedby Allah to stand against. The Islamic morality isthe cure for terrorism, not the source of it. Thiswebsite is launched to reveal that any kind ofterror and barbarism is against Islam, andMuslims share the sorrows of the victims ofterrorism.

www.islamdenouncesterrorism.come-mail: [email protected]

Anti-semitism is a fanatical hatred felt for theJewish people. This racist ideology has causedmillions of Jews to be killed, persecuted, exiledand threatened. The religion of Islam aims tobring justice to the world. Just as it denounces allkinds of racism, so it denounces anti-semitism.Muslims criticize Zionism, but defend the right ofJews to live in peace and security.

This site is part of a chain of sites set up parallelto Harun Yahya's official homepage(www.harunyahya.com). This site is intended toinform the whole world of some important truths.The most important of these truths is the fact ofcreation: Life and man did not emerge bythemselves, as a result of chance, as materialistphilosophy claims. In the same way that Allahcreated the universe from nothing, He alsocreated and gave shape to living things and man.This is a fact backed up by contemporaryscientific discoveries. In this site is adocumentary that genuinely explains the truth ofcreation.

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Islam is a religion that means "peace". In theQur'an, the Holy Book of Islam, Allah commandsbelievers to bring peace and security to theworld. Terrorism and all other mischief on Earthare the very acts that Muslims are commandedby Allah to stand against. The Islamic morality isthe cure for terrorism, not the source of it. Thiswebsite is launched to reveal that any kind ofterror and barbarism is against Islam, andMuslims share the sorrows of the victims ofterrorism.

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Anti-semitism is a fanatical hatred felt for theJewish people. This racist ideology has causedmillions of Jews to be killed, persecuted, exiledand threatened. The religion of Islam aims tobring justice to the world. Just as it denounces allkinds of racism, so it denounces anti-semitism.Muslims criticize Zionism, but defend the right ofJews to live in peace and security.

This site is part of a chain of sites set up parallelto Harun Yahya's official homepage(www.harunyahya.com). This site is intended toinform the whole world of some important truths.The most important of these truths is the fact ofcreation: Life and man did not emerge bythemselves, as a result of chance, as materialistphilosophy claims. In the same way that Allahcreated the universe from nothing, He alsocreated and gave shape to living things and man.This is a fact backed up by contemporaryscientific discoveries. In this site is adocumentary that genuinely explains the truth ofcreation.

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www.creationofuniverse.come-mail: [email protected]

www.evolutiondeceit.com e-mail: [email protected]

www.jesuswillreturn.com e-mail: [email protected]

www.perishednations.come-mail: [email protected]

The well-known work of Harun Yahya is nowon the Internet!Harun Yahya's The Evolution Deceit, which hasbeen translated into 6 languages so far, is nowavailable on the Internet with additional updates.You will find all the deadlocks of the theory ofevolution on this site.

Striking examples from the lives of the pastnationsThis site explores some nations which weredestroyed due to their rebellion against Allah andtheir denial of His Prophets. The purpose of the siteis to reveal the manifestations of the Qur'anicverses which give an account of these events andprove once more that the Qur'an is the word ofAllah. Besides, it is also intended that all theseincidents, each of which is an "example to their owntime", can serve as a "warning".

You will read all the details about thecreation of the universe in this siteToday, science shows that the universe wascreated with a Big Bang from nothing in a singlemoment. You will read everything you would like toknow about the perfect creation of the universe inthis site. Besides, you can also find in this site thestages that took place from the Big Bang until ourday, illustrated by striking photographs.

Read about this divine blessing which only aminority of people will enjoyIn the history of mankind, the fact that Jesus (as) willbe sent back to Earth for a second time by Allah issurely a divine blessing to all humanity. Only aminority of people will enjoy this occasion. In thissite, you will find all the interesting facts about Jesus'return to Earth.